High blood pressure /hypertension in diabetes (including for gestational diabetes ‘GD’) is pretty common. In pregnancy, the presence of hypertension should be concerned as well. If left untreated, this can be potential to cause a condition called preeclampsia or even eclampsia (a potentially life-threatening condition). If you are diagnosed with GD during pregnancy, does it also contribute to cause high blood pressure – what else you need to know?
To pump blood around the body, your heart needs an appropriate pressure. Blood pressure itself can be defined as the pressure of blood against the walls of blood vessels as your heart pump the blood around the body.
Gestational diabetes (GD) may have contribution to cause high blood pressure problem (hypertension)! In fact, hypertension and GD are often found together – particularly in pregnant women who have poor control on their gestational diabetes.
Over time, the high accumulation of glucose in the blood can be potential to cause narrowing and hardening arteries such as atherosclerosis. Narrowing arteries means that the blood cannot flow optimally.
Overall, the cause hypertension in pregnancy can vary from woman to woman. If you have chronic hypertension before getting pregnant, your gestational hypertension is more likely to be associated with it.
But if you are a healthy individual and don’t have hypertension before getting pregnant, other factors such as GD may have contribution in causing the problem. However, don’t take a conclusion on your own. Consult with your doctor if you in doubt with your condition!
Furthermore, the pregnancy itself can have an effect in the fluctuation of blood pressure. And in fact, there are also lots of factors that can be potential to trigger your blood pressure rise during pregnancy. These may include stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of physical activity, etc. See also how hypertension triggered by stress can occur in pregnancy on this section!
While the link between GD and hypertension may be still debatable but experts believe that having GD during pregnancy can increase your risk of developing preeclampsia.
But as long as you control your GD as well, you can reduce this risk! Most pregnant women with preeclampsia can cope with the problem and get a successful pregnancy.
Typically, preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure with other unusual symptoms (particularly such as excessively protein found in the urine). If you experience these following preeclampsia symptoms, see your doctor promptly: