High blood pressure during pregnancy can cause complications for both mother and baby. Pregnant women are increasingly suffering from high blood pressure and other related conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, which may cause problems with the heart, lungs or brain. A major concern is preeclampsia, which can occur at any time during pregnancy or after delivery for as long as six weeks.

In this video, host Susan Taylor and medical director for the Scripps Clinic Perinatology Program, Dr. Sean Daneshmand, discuss hypertension in pregnancy. Learn more: http://www.scripps.org/7288y

0:45 – Why is high blood pressure (hypertension) on the rise during pregnancy?
1:09 – What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
1:28 – How does high blood pressure put the mom and her unborn baby at risk?
2:11 – What is preeclampsia?
2:43 – How can you control high blood pressure during pregnancy?
3:55 – Should you have a conversation with your doctor about high blood pressure and hypertension before getting pregnant?
4:21 – What if you have high blood pressure before getting pregnant?
5:02 – After you’ve given birth, and if you have high blood pressure during pregnancy, what are you at risk for?
5:50 – How do you monitor your blood pressure before, during and after pregnancy?
6:21 – How does the Scripps Clinic Perinatology program help high-risk patients?
7:35 – Final thoughts