Managing Low Blood Pressure During Pregnancy: Tips for Expectant Mothers

Low blood pressure is common during pregnancy. Fortunately, there are a variety of steps you can take to address it. Doing so can safeguard not only the mother’s health but also the child’s health. If you or your loved ones are worried about low blood pressure and you reside near Gilbert, AZ, it’s time to see Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha at Gilbert Cardiology. They can help with pregnancy-related cardiovascular issues and many other issues too.

Signs of Low Blood Pressure

First, it’s important to know what to watch out for. People experiencing low blood pressure may suddenly feel dizzy and nauseous. In some cases, people may even faint. You may also suffer blurred vision and could struggle to focus (both mentally and physically). The skin can grow clammy and breathing could become rapid.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of low blood pressure, it is wise to sit down. If you’re driving, you should find somewhere safe to park. Should you lose consciousness on your feet or behind the wheel, it could lead to serious incidents. It’s also smart to contact a cardiovascular expert. If you live in Gilbert, AZ, and are experiencing low blood pressure, it’s time to see Dr. Lababidi and Dr. Albasha at Gilbert Cardiology.

Here's How Expectant Mothers Can Manage Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure can be caused by many things, including changing hormones, and is most common in the first and second trimester. That said, it can occur during any trimester. It’s smart to get plenty of rest and to limit being on your feet for long stints.

If you take medication, it’s possible that the medication is contributing to low blood pressure. It’s wise to speak with a doctor about the medicines you use. Making sure you stay hydrated is also important.

Eating a large number of small meals, rather than a few big meals, can also help with low blood pressure. You should try to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet, both to combat low blood pressure and to promote your health and your baby’s health.

Medical Intervention for Low Blood Pressure

In some cases, medications can be prescribed to deal with low blood pressure. Medications that might be prescribed include Fludrocortisone, Midodrine, and Ephedrine. That said, medication is often treated as more of a last resort and is only used in cases when symptoms and conditions cannot be managed without medication.

Many pregnant women also suffer from high blood pressure. It’s wise to closely track your pressure levels throughout pregnancy and to contact a doctor if you notice that your blood pressure levels are either too low or too high. If you need help with cardiovascular issues, including low blood pressure, and you live in or near Gilbert, AZ, it’s time to see Dr. Lababidi and Dr. Albasha at Gilbert Cardiology. You can reach our practice by dialing (480) 786-9100.

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