Informative article about the benefits of exercise on gestational hypertension. Gestational hypertension is high blood pressure after 20 weeks of pregnancy in woman who usually have normal blood pressure. Gestational hypertension can lead to preeclampsia which can be a fatal complication in pregnancy.
Gestational hypertension can affect up to 10% of pregnancies. Obesity, as well as gestational diabetes can be indicators of the risk of preecalmpsia. The most easily controlled preventative measure to this seems to be exercise.
A semi controlled study of 765 pregnant women found that women who did not exercise were 3 times more likely to develop gestational hypertension. Lack of exercise seems to contribute to excessive weight gain and is a likely cause for the increased risk.
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Exercise to control gestational hypertension