When you’re pregnant, two of the things your provider will pay attention to the most is your weight and your blood pressure. It’s important to monitor weight during pregnancy for the obvious reasons, such as making sure baby is gaining enough but that mom isn’t gaining too much. While weight gain or loss during pregnancy can bring about some serious concerns, in most cases, it is generally far severe than blood pressure issues. If you have high or low blood pressure during pregnancy that is outside of the normal range, a number of complications can occur, from mild to severe. It’s best to be in the know at the start of your prenatal journey so you can look out for symptoms of blood pressure concerns during your pregnancy.
If a woman has normal blood pressure (around 120/80) during the first 20 weeks of her pregnancy and then has high blood pressure (140/90 or higher) after 20 weeks, she will likely be diagnosed with gestational hypertension. This type of high blood pressure typically goes away once the baby is born, but it needs to be closely monitored during the pregnancy. If a woman had high blood pressure before she got pregnant and continues to have it throughout her pregnancy, it will also be monitored very closely throughout the entirety of her pregnancy.
The main concern with high blood pressure during pregnancy is preeclampsia, which includes both high blood pressure and signs of damage to certain organs, most commonly the kidneys and/or liver. Preterm delivery is common with both preeclampsia and high blood pressure in general, and a cesarean delivery is most likely in these circumstances. The most common symptoms associated with high blood pressure during pregnancy and preeclampsia include swelling, persistent headaches, rapid weight gain, minimal urination, visual disturbances or changes in vision, vomiting or nausea beyond the 20th week of pregnancy. Other possible complications associated with high blood pressure during pregnancy include fetal growth restriction, placental abruption, and stillbirth.
Low blood pressure is typically a reading of 90/60 or lower. While it’s common for pregnant women to have a lower blood pressure than they normally have, when it drops below this level, it can bring about many challenging symptoms and possible complications. Symptoms include dizziness, fainting, blurry vision, concentration problems, clammy skin, rapid breathing, dehydration, and fatigue.
Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care has long been known to help with both blood pressure problems and pregnancy wellness, so it only makes sense that it is an obvious choice to combat blood pressure issues that occur during pregnancy. Because chiropractors improve the alignment of the spine, the function of the central nervous system is improved under their care, bringing about healthier blood pressure and improved overall health.
Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte are committed to educating you about chiropractic care and how it can help you live a healthier, happier, and greater life. Contact Dr. Grant today to schedule your consultation or to learn more about how Charlotte chiropractic care can help you.
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