Pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure in pregnancy

Ruth X

Female
Age at interview: 42
Age at diagnosis: 42

Brief outline: Ruth was pregnant with her second son. She developed pre-eclampsia with her first son was invited to join the BuMP trial.

Background: Ruth is married and was pregnant with her second son. She is a research manager.

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Ruth had developed pre-eclampsia during her first pregnancy. That was 5 years ago when she was 37 years old.  She self-monitored her own blood pressure during that pregnancy. So when she got pregnant again, aged 42, she expected to have a lot of monitoring through her pregnancy. She was happy to engage with self-monitoring of her blood pressure as part of the study. Her second pregnancy was complicated by the development of gestational diabetes at 10 weeks. She had her son by caesarean section at 38 weeks. Monitoring did not reveal any raised blood pressure during pregnancy, but after her son was born Ruth did have raised readings for a three or four weeks.

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