Preeclampsia, a condition during pregnancy with high blood pressure that can endanger both mother and baby, is the leading cause of fatal or near-fatal pregnancies in the developed world. And it’s something you can help prevent even before you conceive.
Once it’s diagnosed, it is closely watched to keep both mother and baby stable and thriving, and if any danger is presented, doctors will take measures to ensure the safety of both. Being careful about your blood pressure and paying attention to symptoms are the main treatment steps, along with medication or intervention if the need arises.
Interestingly, there are some things you can do before becoming pregnant that could help prevent preeclampsia. Eating healthy is one of them, to make sure your body is getting what it needs, which will keep your heart strong.
You can also make sure you’re getting regular exercise. Many studies show that a heart regularly trained and exercised can help prevent the occurrence of preeclampsia.
In the past 20 years, preeclampsia diagnoses have risen. This is most likely tied to obesity levels in developed countries, which often comes hand-in-hand with diabetes and high blood pressure. Exercise has long been known to lower blood pressure and improve heart function in women of all ages. Lower blood pressure can help manage many diseases, and in turn, having those risk factors reduced can help eliminate the possibility of preeclampsia. And exercising before and during the first trimester of pregnancy has been directly shown to decrease the risk of preeclampsia!