Managing Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known by the medical term “hypertension”, is very common. Some birthing people can develop high blood pressure during pregnancy, which can cause problems during and after delivery. The good news is that these problems can be prevented because high blood pressure can be managed and treated.

Explore this page to learn more about why
and how to monitor and manage blood


Blood Pressure and Pregnancy


Blood pressure is the measure of force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body. In other words, it is how hard your heart has to work to make sure that all the parts of your body get the blood they need to function. The higher your blood pressure, the more risk you have for other health problems, including heart disease and stroke. In pregnancy, high blood pressure can be very dangerous to you and your baby.

Types of High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Babies should never sleep with anyone else. Share a room, but not a bed with your baby.

Babies should always sleep on their backs. Babies are less likely to choke when on their backs.


Babies should always sleep in a crib – every night and every nap. The crib should be clean and clear. There should be no toys or blankets in the crib.


Never smoke cigarettes or marijuana in a home with babies, young children, or pregnant women. Smoke in the home makes it harder for babies to breathe well.


Tips for Managing High Blood Pressure

The most important thing to know about high blood pressure is that it can be treated through regular management. Even if the causes might be beyond our control, some important ways of treating it are in our control. This means that there is not one solution, but a variety of solutions and things you can do to keep your blood pressure under control.

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Remember, if you are in a medical emergency, call 911 right away.

Hypertension Resources


Home Visiting

If you can't afford a crib, HealthCare Access Maryland will help qualified families. 



If you are feeling overwhelmed, The Family Tree will provide free and confidential support.


Patient Advocate

If you are in crisis, Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. will connect you to help and services.