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Low Blood Pressure during Pregnancy - What to eat?


Low Blood Pressure during Pregnancy - Signs, Risks, Treatment, Home Remedies & What to eat

Monitoring blood pressure during pregnancy is essential to ensure the well being of the mother and her baby. The force of blood which pushes blood against the wall of arteries is known as blood pressure. Fluctuating hormones usually cause low blood pressure during pregnancy especially in the first and second trimester of pregnancy. Low Blood Pressure is also known as Hypotension


Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension) during pregnancy





Low Blood Pressure doesn't cause severe health complications and it can be easily treated at home but extremely low blood pressure can be dangerous for both the mother and her baby. So, it's essential to monitor the blood pressure during pregnancy to ensure the well-being of your child. 


What is considered low blood pressure during pregnancy?

If your blood pressure shows reading less than 90/60 mm Hg then you have low blood pressure.




Signs & Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure during Pregnancy

The signs and symptoms of low blood pressure during pregnancy include:

  • Breathing problems
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Dizziness or Faintness
  • Vision Problems
  • Fatigue or Weakness
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Light Headedness which may lead to faintness.
  • Feeling Sleepy

Extremely low blood pressure may lead to life-threatening conditions. The signs & symptoms of extreme hypotension are:

  • Shock
  • Organ Damage
  • Cold, Clammy and Pale Skin
  • Confusion 
  • Weak and Rapid Pulse
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Causes of Low Blood Pressure during Pregnancy

The causes of low blood pressure during pregnancy include:

  • Anemia
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Malnutrition
  • Infections
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Prolonged Bed Rest
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Certain Medications such as Alpha Blockers, Water Pills, etc.
  • Heart Problems
  • Blood Loss




Risks of Low Blood Pressure during Pregnancy

  • Pregnant women with low blood pressure have the risk of falling due to faintness. Many women with low bp may faint when they stand up too quickly after sitting or lying down. A pregnant woman can injure herself or her baby if she falls.
  • Extreme low bp may lead to organ damage.
  • Extreme low bp can keep blood from reaching the placenta which may lead risks to the baby's health. 
  • Extreme low blood pressure in early pregnancy can be a sign of pregnancy complication called Ectopic Pregnancy

Treatment of Low Blood Pressure during Pregnancy

There is no such treatment available for low blood pressure during pregnancy but a pregnant woman can try some home remedies to treat it. Usually, low bp doesn't need any treatment and it starts rises on its own during the third trimester of pregnancy. 




Home Remedies to raise low blood pressure during pregnancy

You can raise your low blood pressure by trying some home remedies. Some home remedies to raise low blood pressure during pregnancy include:

  • Eat small and frequent meals throughout the day.
  • Eat a balanced and well nutritious diet.
  • Lie on your left side to increase the blood flow to the heart. 
  • Don't stand up too fast from a seated or lying position to avoid falls due to faintness.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the day.


What to eat to raise low blood pressure during pregnancy?

Some foods help in raising low blood pressure during pregnancy. Eat following certain foods to raise your low bp during pregnancy:

  • Salty food helps in increasing blood pressure. Eat salty foods. 
  • Dehydration also causes low bp. Drink plenty of liquid throughout the day to avoid the condition of dehydration.
  • You can also consume caffeine to raise your low bp but consume it in a moderate amount. 
  • Consume those foods which have a high content of Vitamin B-12. Deficiency of Vitamin B-12 causes anemia which is also a reason for low blood pressure during pregnancy. 

Don't try to raise your blood pressure on your own during pregnancy. If you're going to make any changes in your pregnancy diet to raise your low blood pressure through diet then talk to your doctor. If your doctor gives you a green signal then you can add those certain foods in your diet. Here's wishing you a very happy and healthy pregnancy. 


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