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Blood pressure measurement. Pregnant woman having her blood pressure measured by a general practice doctor using a sphygmomanometer. A cuff (red/black) is inflated to stop blood flow in the upper arm. The pressure is slowly released, giving first the systolic then the diastolic pressure. Blood pressure is an important measure of health. It usually rises during pregnancy.
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