What lifestyle modifications should be made by pregnant women with stage 1 hypertension?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Lifestyle modifications are generally sufficient for the management of pregnant women with stage 1 hypertension who are at low risk for cardiovascular complications during pregnancy. [4] Restrictions to lifestyle modifications may include aerobic exercise (theoretical increased preeclampsia risk from inadequate placental blood flow) and weight reduction, even in obese pregnant women. Reduction of sodium intake and avoidance of tobacco and alcohol use are similar to those for individuals with primary hypertension. [5]


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