Monitoring blood pressure during labour

Monitoring blood pressure during labour

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Caption: Monitoring blood pressure during labour. A doctor uses a sphygmomanometer to measure a woman's blood pressure during labour. Blood pressure rises during pregnancy and falls after the birth. Unusually high blood pressure may be sign of pre-eclampsia, which affects about 7% of pregnancies. Untreated pre-eclampsia can lead to eclampsia, a condition characterised by violent convulsions followed by coma and, in some cases, death. Mild pre-eclampsia is treated by anti-hypertensive drugs. More severe cases may require induction of labour or Caesarean section. Photographed at the Academic Medical Centre at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Keywords: birth, blood press., blood pressure, bp measurement, childbirth, healthcare, in pregnant, labour, measuring bp, medical, medicine, obstetric, obstetrics, on pregnant, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy, pregnant, pregnant woman, sphygmomanometer, woman

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