Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New CPSTF Recommendations for Gestational Hypertension

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends exercise programs for pregnant women to reduce the development of gestational hypertension.

Why is this important?
The rate of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy increased 73% from 1993 to 2014. The rate of chronic hypertension also increased considerably over time, increasing 39% from 1993 to 2014 (Data on Pregnancy Complications).

Chronic, poorly-controlled high blood pressure before and during pregnancy puts a pregnant woman and her baby at risk for problems such as preeclampsia, placental abruption and gestational diabetes (Reproductive Health). However, moderate-intensity physical activity by healthy women during pregnancy increases or maintains cardiorespiratory fitness, reduces the risk of excessive weight gain and gestational diabetes, and reduces symptoms of postpartum depression (Physical Activity Guidelines).
The CDC provides additional guidance on high blood pressure in pregnancy.

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