Pregnancy induced hypertension is a condition wherein the pregnant woman may manifest high blood pressure during pregnancy even when she does not have this condition previously. Pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms may be highly similar to pregnancy symptoms that women may overlook these pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms as normal occurrences. The difference between symptoms of pregnancy and pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms is that many of the similar symptoms tend to continue even after the months that the similar symptoms of pregnancy are supposed to stop. The problem with waiting for this time is that it pregnancy induced hypertension may develop into a more serious condition that may threaten the life of either or both mother and unborn child.
Pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms which are easy to distinguish even without the aid of a qualified doctor can be physical manifestations such as extreme headaches, problems with vision including sensitivity to bright lights, nausea, susceptibility to throwing up, exhaustion, bruising easily, infrequent urination which yield little urine and shortness of breath. Vision problems are related to the malfunction of the circulatory system in delivering much needed blood and oxygen to the eyes while bruising has something to do with the elevated blood pressure.
More alarming pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms are the presence of protein in the woman's urine, elevated blood pressure and water retention. As can be seen, many of the pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms bear a striking resemblance to the first and second trimester symptoms of pregnancy. Both protein in urine and elevated blood pressure can be seen by the obstetrician when she or he conducts a urine test and take the woman's blood pressure.
The diagnosis of pregnancy related hypertension symptoms and treatment is best done by a qualified obstetrician. In fact, a competent obstetrician or doctor will ask the pregnant woman to take a series of tests after taking note of the pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms present in the woman. These tests are usually given around the duration of the second trimester when some of the pregnancy induce hypertension symptoms may be more prominent than the similar pregnancy symptoms.
Treating the condition as well as the pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms may be dependent on how far along a woman may be in her pregnancy. The closer a woman is to her due date and the more severe her pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms are may result to the obstetrician deciding to delver the baby. Less severe cases may just need some rest along with a low salt or salt free diet.