Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

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What is preeclampsia/pregnancy induced hypertension?


Pre-eclampsia is a condition that can occur in pregnancy when the mother’s blood pressure goes above 140/90 for at least two separate readings and there is evidence of protein in the urine. If there is no protein in urine but blood pressure is still high and the mother is more than 20 weeks gestation, this is considered pregnancy induced hypertension. This is a dangerous condition as it puts the mother and the fetus at risk for organ damage and death if not properly managed. Risk factors include: gestational diabetes, liver or kidney disease, multiple fetuses (twins), family history, and poor nutrition. Prevention is important as the main treatment is delivery of the baby. Ensure adequate nutrition by avoiding sugar and trans fats, increasing fibre and antioxidant rich vegetables, and getting exercise appropriate to where at in pregnancy are all key to preventing developing this condition. 

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