What are the symptoms of pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Signs and symptoms of mild pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH):
  • High blood pressure
  • Water retention (swelling)
  • Protein in the urine
Signs and symptoms of severe PIH, in addition to the above:
  • Headaches and blurred vision
  • Inability to tolerate bright light
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Producing less than a pint of urine in 24 hours
  • Pain in the right upper abdomen
  • Shortness of breath

Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) is first noticed as a hasty weight gain during pregnancy, rather than a gradual accumulation of baby weight. You will also begin to notice your face or ankles swelling more than normal. Your doctor may recognize protein in your urine and raised blood pressure levels. More severe symptoms of PIH include headaches, vision problems, stomach upset, stomach pain, and bruising. Regular checkups during your pregnancy are essential to catching pregnancy-induced hypertension early on before it has time to worsen.

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