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Hypertension in pregnancy is very common, but is potentially life threatening for both you and the baby.
Do you have any headaches, vision changes, or upper abdominal pain?
Your doctor is sending you to have testing performed to see if you have pre-eclampsia. This is a condition that is poorly understood, but is your body 'reacting' to the pregnancy. This reaction may be mild and is in most cases. However, in some cases can become quite severe and life threatening. If your blood test results are concerning, your doctor would even induce you this week. However, if they are normal and you do not develop any symptoms, you may continue your pregnancy up to 39 weeks. The time in which you deliver is based on your doctor's concern and preference.
Your body is reacting to the pregnancy by contracting your blood vessels and this causes hypertension
Correct. The cause is unknown, but is very common in your first pregnancy if you are a teenager, if you are over 35, already have high blood pressure, or other chronic medical issues. Most women are healthy.
Then your cause is unknown.
Yes, but you should be monitored in your doctor's office 1-2 times per week.
A certain level of protein will confirm pre-eclampsia.
The other tests are looking for abnormalities caused by pre-eclampsia like liver damage for example.
BP and protein testing over 6 hours in a hospital can confirm pre-eclampsia.
BP alone, no.
The constriction of the blood vessels can reduce blood flow and the high blood pressure can cause the placenta to separate. Either or both can lead to loss of the baby and can be life threatening for you as well.
If the symptoms develop I asked you about above, you should go to your hospital.