Gestational hypertension is a complication of pregnancy similar to pre-eclampsia. Like pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension is also diagnosed after 20 weeks gestation but lacks other diagnostic features like swelling and protein in your urine. Due to rapidly increasing blood pressure, patients with this disorder are at risk for the same complications to those with pre-eclampsia.
Gestational hypertension is managed similarly to pre-eclampsia with frequent office visits and ultrasound monitoring of fetal well-being. Treatments may include hospitalization, short courses of blood pressure lowering medications, steroids to improve neonatal outcomes with premature babies, and early delivery if new symptoms arise or blood pressures become severely elevated. Occasionally, gestational hypertension can persist or worsen after the delivery of the baby, but typically will resolve within a few weeks.
Remember, gestational hypertension is equally dangerous to you and your baby. A happy, healthy outcome always remains our goal at Austin Perinatal Associates. Dr. Berry is ready and willing to discuss his current diagnosis and treatment recommendations regarding gestational hypertension with you or your physician.