Vital Signs and Weight

Take the blood pressure. A baseline reading helps to determine the woman's usual range. In midpregnancy, blood pressure is normally lower than in the nonpregnant state.

High blood pressure prior to 24 weeks indicates chronic hypertension. After 24 weeks, further evaluation is required to diagnose and treat pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH).

Measure the weight. First-trimester weight loss related to nausea and vomiting is common but should not exceed 5 pounds.

Weight loss of more than 5 pounds during the first trimester may be due to excessive vomiting or hyperemesis.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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