Blood pressure during pregnancy needs to be checked

It can make all the difference for you and your baby.

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Your blood pressure needs to be well controlled to ensure both mum and baby are healthy.

Blood pressure is the pressure made by the blood circulating around the body.

It needs to be within a healthy range of 90-119 over 60-79, especially during pregnancy.

Below that, you could suffer from hypotension which causes dizziness, fainting and makes you go into shock.

Above that it could lead to hypertension which puts you at risk from stroke, heart attacks and kidney failure.

It is important to keep an eye on your blood pressure during pregnancy.

In pregnancy it can be a sign of pre eclampsia which is a potentially dangerous condition.

Symptoms are headache, spots before your eyes and a pain in your side under the ribcage.

It is important as a diabetic to keep an eye on your blood pressure and attend all your antenatal appointments as they also look for protein in your urine.

Ways to keep your blood pressure down.

Take regular exercise.
Reduce your salt intake. (don't add salt to your food.)
Relax. Try yoga or meditation to relax and calm yourself.
Eat a healthy diet and cut out down on junk food.

It is important to look after yourself as a pregnant diabetic.

Always do your best to relax and avoid stressful situations.

Don't be afraid to say no to doing extra things that are inconvenient to you.

Your health and baby comes first.

At work speak to your boss about your workload. If you can handle it, fine, but if it is too much for you, don't be afraid to speak up.

Hopefully he/she will be understanding. If not go higher until the problem is resolved.

Ask friends and family members for help as well if need be.

If they are not supportive cut down on the amount of time you spend with them as it will only increase your stress.

Have regular checks with your doctor as well and make sure you get a say in everything. Also don't be afraid to ask for help.

Knowing what is going to happen later on may well help with any fears you may have.

This should make sure that your blood pressure is under control.

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