Chinese researchers say that women with high blood pressure during pregnancy could likely to develop the so-called metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of traits and symptoms such as abdominal fat and high blood sugar and is a strong predictor of heart disease and diabetes.
Dr. Jian-Min Niu of Guangdong Women and Children Hospital in Guangzhou said, “In many countries, every pregnant woman has at least 10 routine (prenatal) checkups, however, they will not be informed of risk unless the blood pressure level is at or greater than 140/90 mmHg.”
The researchers studied 506 pregnant women with no history of high blood pressure or symptoms of diabetes.
They’re weight, blood pressure, and other health metrics were monitored several times during pregnancy up to a year and a half after they gave birth.
For about one third of the participants’ blood pressure remained in the low-normal range throughout pregnancy.
About half the women remained in the mid-normal range and 13 percent developed high blood pressure.
The results of the journal hypertension, women with high blood pressure in the last months of pregnancy were more than six times to develop metabolic syndrome compare to low-normal group.
Dr. Niu also said, maintaining a healthy weight before and during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of prehypertension or metabolic syndrome.
Added that, Post-partum follow-up is very important, since pregnancy is a ‘stress test’ that may unmask predisposition to future cardiovascular diseases,”
Based on their study, Dr. Nui affirmed, “those who have prehypertension should be monitored with caution after delivery as well.”