Dangers of low blood pressure during pregnancy
Unless you experience symptoms, low blood pressure during pregnancy typically isn’t a problem. Large drops could indicate a serious or even life-threatening issue.
Extremely low blood pressure can cause shock, organ harm, and falls.
Ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of a woman’s uterus, may also be indicated by low blood pressure.
While there’s many studies on the bad effects of high blood pressure, there’s less research on how low readings can affect the fetus. Some data suggest that low blood pressure is associated with small babies and high perinatal mortality (late fetal death and early baby death). Another study found that continuous low blood pressure raises the risk of negative pregnancy outcomes, like stillbirth.
We outline the warning signs of low blood pressure during pregnancy in this post, along with some easy home remedies to prevent them.
You should let your doctor know if you have low blood pressure symptoms or received a low reading from a cuff in case they have any recommendations. However, low blood pressure is frequently expected during the first trimester and doesn’t need to be treated. By the third trimester, it should return to normal as your pregnancy develops.
According to one study, six months before a mother becomes pregnant, her blood pressure may be related to the gender of the child. Pre-pregnancy blood pressure that is higher may increase the likelihood of having a boy. Additionally, a low reading may indicate a higher likelihood of having a girl. It’s important to note that because volunteers’ blood pressure was taken prior to becoming pregnant, pregnancy-related readings might not have the same association.
Many medical professionals advise against consuming excessive amounts of salt because it can result in high blood pressure and its associated complications. To raise your blood pressure, a doctor might, however, in some circumstances advise adding a little more salt. That being said, before increasing your salt intake, always consult a healthcare professional.
Does blood pressure affect the baby?
There has been a lot of research on the effects of high blood pressure on unborn children, but little is known about the consequences of low blood pressure.
Some studies have suggested that low blood pressure during pregnancy may lead to problems, such as stillbirth and low birth weight. However, other research has shown additional risk factors are to blame for these outcomes.
The effects of low prenatal blood pressure on a baby’s health require further study.
Signs and symptoms of low blood pressure may include:
If you experience any symptoms of low blood pressure while pregnant, contact your healthcare provider right away.
Low blood pressure is diagnosed with a simple test.
Your doctor or nurse will apply an inflatable cuff to your arm and measure your blood pressure using a pressure-measuring gauge.
You can have this test done in your doctor’s office, but you can also purchase a device and take your own blood pressure readings at home.
Your doctor might order additional tests if you have low blood pressure the entire time you’re pregnant to rule out other conditions.
Pregnancy does not typically necessitate treatment for low blood pressure.
Unless symptoms are severe or complications are likely, doctors rarely advise medications for pregnant women.
During the third trimester, your blood pressure will likely start to rise on its own.