High blood pressure in pregnancy increases the risk for Type 2 diabetes and hypertension

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Researchers have found that women with hypertensive pregnancy disorders have an increased risk for subsequent Type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension.

... the researchers found that gestational hypertension, and mild, and severe pre-eclampsia increased the risk for subsequent hypertension 5.31-, 3.61, and 6.07-fold, respectively.

Similarly, women who had gestational hypertension and severe pre-eclampsia had a 3.12- and 3.68-fold increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, respectively.

The authors also found that women who had two pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia had an increased risk for subsequent hypertension compared with those who presented with the complication in their first or second pregnancy only (hazard ratio = 6.00 vs 2.70 and 4.34).

Does a history of high blood pressure in a previous pregnancy rule out planning a home birth? No. Your midwife will monitor your blood pressure and advise ways in which your blood pressure can be lowered. Not all women will go on to develop high blood pressure in a subsequent pregnancy and it is perfectly reasonable to plan a home birth with a hospital birth back-up plan in place. In the event that you need to transfer to hospital, your private midwife will remain with you. Obstetric care can be arranged through your midwife if it is needed.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448