Expert: Why pregnant women sometimes die of hypertension


Fertility expert, Dr. Uchenna Ayogu, says the prevalence of eclampsia death in pregnancy is mostly due to unhealthy lifestyle.

Ayogu, who is the Chief Medical Director, St. Stephen Specialist Hospital, Achara Layout, Enugu, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Tuesday.

NAN reports that eclampsia is a condition in which one or more convulsions occur in a pregnant woman suffering from high blood pressure, often followed by coma and posing a threat to the health of mother and baby.

Ayogu said that unhealthy lifestyle often leads to high BP during pregnancy, as do other health issues such as being overweight or obese, or not staying active.

He also said that 70 per cent of pregnant women have certain underlying factors that could contribute to eclampsia.

Such factors include kidney disease and certain medical conditions which they may not know could develop into hypertension.

“Also, a woman carrying twins or more risks high blood pressure than a pregnancy with a singleton,’’ Ayogu told NAN.

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The fertility expert further explained that women experiencing their first pregnancy would likely have their blood pressure surging.

The doctor, however, advised pregnant women to do a routine check and conduct a test if they notice oedema (swelling of body) to see if their urine contains protein.

“Registering for antenatal in a good hospital will help monitor the factors, thought many women prefer cheap services,’’ he said.

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