Managing Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure – Signs Your BP is Low or High

Preeclampsia has been estimated to occur in about 10% of pregnancies in the United States. While many studies say as low as 3%, a simple Google search will show hundreds of stories of women who experienced the difficulties of the disease.

Part of managing your preeclampsia is paying attention to your body and knowing when your BP is high or low. Sometimes the changes are subtle or signs that you usually would dismiss. These are just common symptoms and don’t reflect a complete list, but gives you a place to start for managing your preeclampsia.

Signs Your Blood Pressure is High:

  • Severe headache
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blood in urine
  • Heart palpitations or Irregular heartbeat
  • Hearing blood pound in your ears
  • Blood pounding in your neck or chest
  • Vision changes such as spots, snowfall, glitter, lights, shadows, etc.

Signs Your Blood Pressure is Low:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting or “Passing Out”
  • Light headedness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Blurred vision
  • Cold,  clammy skin
  • Paleness
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Nausea
  • Thirst
  • Depression

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