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Question: What is the definition of chronic hypertension in pregnancy?


Hypertension that predates pregnancy or is identified before 20 weeks’ gestation is classified as chronic hypertension. If a woman begins her prenatal care after 20 weeks, and if she has hypertension that persists more than 12 weeks postpartum, she is also considered to have chronic hypertension.

Reference: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Chronic Hypertension in Pregnancy. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 29. Obstet Gynecol 98:177-185, 2001.

One Response to “Question: What is the definition of chronic hypertension in pregnancy?”

  1. olivier_andrieu Says:

    I encountered the so thats how many months? thing today. I tried to shrug it off but then she stood there questioning me. 5 months? 6 months? When are you due again?

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