At the Family Birth Center, we provide specialized care for pregnant women with hypertension, including women who have:
- Primary (or chronic) hypertension
- Hypertension secondary to pregnancy (gestational hypertension), preeclampsia, lupus or other autoimmune diseases, or renal disease or transplantation
- Postpartum hypertension
Our maternal-fetal medicine experts offer specialized care for pregnant women with elevated risk for preeclampsia. We closely monitor blood pressure, check urine for protein, and review signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. Our team also performs high-level ultrasounds, providing more advanced imaging than traditional fetal ultrasounds, and consults with UChicago Medicine hypertension experts to provide the best care possible.
What is preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a serious condition primarily characterized by high blood pressure during or after pregnancy. If undetected, preeclampsia can progress rapidly, leading to organ damage, seizures or premature birth. In the worst cases, preeclampsia can be fatal. Early detection is vital for the health of both mother and baby.
Q&A: What You Need to Know about Preeclampsia
Leading expert Sarosh Rana, MD, MPH, answers questions about preeclampsia, what pregnant women can do to help prevent it and what’s new in preeclampsia research.
Read Dr. Rana's preeclampsia Q&A