High blood pressure rates could nearly double in women of childbearing age if the latest guidelines are used, according to a new study. But researchers say more investigation is needed to see if those lower blood pressure targets in pregnant women are safe -- or effective.
MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- High blood pressure rates could nearly double in women of childbearing age if the latest guidelines are used, according to a new study. But researchers say more investigation is needed to see if those lower blood pressure targets in pregnant women are safe -- or effective.
The study, published Sept. 10 in the journal Hypertension, set out to see how reproductive-age women would be impacted by the blood pressure guidelines released last November from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Those guidelines lowered the threshold for high blood pressure in adults to 130/80. Guidelines for pregnant women set by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists define high blood pressure as 140/90.
FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 -- Losing weight about 6 months after giving birth lowers a woman's risk of being overweight in the future.
The best strategy to get back to pre-baby weight is a combination of diet and exercise, rather than diet alone. That's because exercise boosts heart health and helps preserve muscle when you're limiting calorie intake. It also takes more calories to maintain muscle than to maintain fat, which means you'll burn more even at rest.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 -- Contrary to what doctors have thought, women who opt to have their labor induced in the 39th week of pregnancy do not face a heightened risk of cesarean section, a new clinical trial finds.
In fact, the study showed, those women were less likely to need a C-section than women who let nature take its course. And there was no evidence labor induction carried any added risks for their babies.
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- People often urge moms-to-be to get plenty of sleep before the baby comes. Now, researchers report that good sleep during pregnancy might also lower the risk of premature delivery.
The review of published studies provides important information for pregnant women and their doctors, said lead researcher Jane Warland, an associate professor at the University of South Australia.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Young pregnant women who are obese may face a higher risk of changes in heart structure and function, a small new study suggests.
The changes seen might lead to a pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, according to the researchers. This disorder is a dangerous form of high blood pressure that can develop during the second half of pregnancy.