How Long Should Postpartum Hypertension Last?


Asked by Mdmoss

How Long Should Postpartum Hypertension Last?

I developed hypertension my third day in the hospital after having my third child. This was my first experience with high blood pressure. My doctor put me on labetalol since I was (and still am) nursing, and he thought the problem would resolve itself in a month or two. It is now nine months later and my blood pressure is normal, but only because of the labetalol. How long should this last?


This is really dependent on your situation and I recommend discussing your concerns with your doctor. From what I've read in my research, that is a long time to deal with a postpartum hypertension issue (the average seems to be about six weeks), so it may be that this is a hypertension issue unrelated to your pregnancy. While you're waiting on that appointment, you might evaluate your diet and lifestyle to see what changes you can make to promote a lower blood pressure.   Here's a link where you can find more information.

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