High blood pressure problems shortly after birth and late onset pre-eclampsia
Not everyone we interviewed was told about the risks of high blood pressure problems and pre-eclampsia after birth, and it could come as a shock. Some thought it should be flagged more clearly. Paige found out about the risks from a family friend who had experienced it herself. For Angela, the possibility got “stuck in my head” and made her anxious. Returning to hospital
Some of the women we spoke to needed to go back into hospital because of high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia after giving birth and being discharged home. Vicki was re-admitted after she began to feel unwell. Although she thought it was scary for her husband being told to “just follow the ambulance with the new baby” when she was taken into hospital, the stay helped get her blood pressure back under control: “it kept going down when I was there [… partly because] when you are in hospital, you have got your feet up and you are doing nothing”.