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Many pregnant women with high blood pressure have healthy babies without serious problems, however, high blood pressure can be dangerous for both the mother and the fetus. Women with pre-existing, or chronic, high blood pressure are more likely to develop certain complications during pregnancy than women with normal blood pressure. Some women develop high blood pressure while they are pregnant (often called gestational hypertension). The effects of high blood pressure can vary from mild to severe. High blood pressure can harm the mother's kidneys and other organs, and thus cause low birth weight and early delivery. In serious cases, the mother develops preeclampsia or 'toxemia of pregnancy' which can be life threatening to both the mother and the fetus. Visit your doctor/gynecologist and discuss your pregnancy plans. Proceed as directed by your treating doctor/gynecologist. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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