High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, is defined as blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg. Pregnancy-induced hypertension is a major challenge for some pregnant women.
High blood pressure in pregnancy is not that harmful. However, it will lead to complications in the mother and developing child.
There are possible reasons leading to high blood pressure during pregnancy. These include:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Drinking alcohol
- First-time pregnancy
- Family history of pregnancy-associated hypertension
- Carrying multiple babies or twins
- Age (over 40)
- Assistive technology (such as IVF)
Unhealthy lifestyles could lead to high blood pressure while being pregnant. Being overweight or obese and being sedentary are the most important causes for high blood pressure.