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Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension

The terms pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia are often used interchangeably, which may cause significant confusion. Pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia and eclampsia should actually be considered as a spectrum of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) is defined as a rise in blood pressure above 140/90 on two or more occasions, at least 6 hours apart. It occurs in the second half of pregnancy (usually after 20 weeks of gestation) in a woman who previously had normal blood pressure. There are no other associated symptoms.

PIH in and of itself has no deleterious effect on pregnancy, and the blood pressure returns to normal levels by 6 weeks after delivery. However, new onset of hypertension in the late second or early third trimester is regarded potentially as an early sign of preeclampsia.

The important aspect of care in PIH is close monitoring of the blood pressure levels and the development of any other symptoms that may indicate the onset of preeclampsia. Medications to lower blood pressure in PIH are usually not required and are generally avoided due to risks of harm to the developing fetus by many anti-hypertensive preparations.

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