Numerous problems arise during pregnancy, and for mother and child to be safe, it’s important to be alert and mindful. One such critical problem that pregnant women are susceptible to is Pre-eclampsia – a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure. Studies have even shown that 1 in 10 women die due to High Blood Pressure in Asia and Africa.
Gestational Hypertension and Pre-eclampsia:
Gestational Hypertension, also referred to as Pregnancy-induced Hypertension (PIH) is defined as having blood pressure higher than 140/90, 20 weeks after pregnancy. It usually goes away after delivery. The damage to the liver and kidneys arising out of Gestational Hypertension after the 20th week of pregnancy is known as Pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia affects the blood flow to the placenta and can lead to problems of premature birth, low birth weight and placental abruption. Early detection and treatment of Gestational Hypertension and Pre-eclampsia are known to have long-term benefits on the health of the mother as well as the child.
Owing to the unpredictable nature of pre-eclampsia, doctors usually advise pregnant women to have their blood pressure monitored frequently.
SPG-validated Home Blood Pressure Monitors can help detect pre-eclampsia at the very onset.
Pregnant women fall under Special Patient Groups (SPGs). The blood pressure of patients belonging to this group reacts differently, and hence can’t be detected by regular automated oscillometric blood pressure devices. This means that, if the blood pressure of a pregnant woman is measured with non-SPG-validated devices, there could be two possible outcomes – a healthy woman could falsely test positive for pre-eclampsia, which may put her at the risk of a misdiagnosis or Pre-eclampsia may go undetected and could progress to a more dangerous state known as Eclampsia. This condition causes fits or convulsions, and in severe cases, it can sometimes cause the death of the mother or child.
To avoid this situation, pregnant women need to use a home blood pressure monitor that is specifically tested for Special Patient Groups. Circa 120/80 blood pressure monitors have passed several challenging validations so that they can be recommended for all Special Patient Groups. Pregnant women can now measure their blood pressure at home using a Circa 120/80 Blood pressure monitor, which could significantly reduce the number of hospital visits, and help the doctor decide the best medical advice.