Many pregnant women experience high blood pressure or hypertension. Once a woman conceives her body automatically starts the preparations for accommodating the growing baby. These preparations include many changes and one of these changes is an increased blood flow in the body to fulfill the needs of the baby. If the increase of blood pressure is high, this can lead to hypertension. This hypertension shouldn’t be neglected because it can harm the pregnant woman and her child.
First-time mothers have higher chances of developing high blood pressure which is also called gestational hypertension. You should visit your doctor for regular checks to ensure that you don’t develop preeclampsia (dangerous condition of high blood pressure) that can cause death for both the mother and the baby.
Aside from medical treatments, you can lower your blood pressure by eating some certain foods that are very effective in lower any unfavorable increase in blood pressure.
DASH diet is a very famous diet for hypertension; DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is a package of many foods in prescribed quantities that are effective in lowering blood pressure. It consists of vitamins, minerals, and other necessary nutrients that all nourish the body properly. Each food group should be included in a 2000-calorie diet consumed on a daily basis. In the following, we will mention a list of some food items included in this diet.
Fresh and Healthy Vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, green leafy veggies, and celery: 5-6 servings.
Whole grains like brown rice, brown bread, whole-wheat pasta, and whole-wheat bread: 7-8 servings.
Healthy and Fresh Fruits including apples, oranges, all types of berries, watermelon, and grapefruit: 4-6 servings.
Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and low-fat cheese: 2-3 servings
Fats (no trans fat) and oils: 2-3 servings
Lean meat, fish and poultry items; at least 2 servings
Legumes, nuts, and seeds: 4-5 servings per week
Sweets: Less than 5 times in a week
A pregnant woman should have an enough intake of calcium as it is needed for the growth of the baby. Also, calcium-rich foods help in lowering the blood pressure. The recommended intake of calcium is 1,500 to 2,000mg every day.
Magnesium helps in lowering elevated blood pressure and it has a great role in relaxing and repairing the tissues of the body. According to the age of the pregnant woman, she will need about 300 to 400mg of magnesium per day.