IAN HOOTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY IAN HOOTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Obstetric examination. Midwife measuring the blood pressure of a pregnant woman with a sphygmomanometer. The blood pressure is displayed on the dial in millimetres of mercury (mm/Hg). Regular check-ups are necessary during pregnancy so the development of the baby and the health of the mother can be monitored. The mother's blood pressure tends to rise during pregnancy, but gradually returns to its previous levels after birth. This woman is 37 weeks pregnant and is undergoing her examination at home.
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