How serious is pregnancy induced hypertension?

I was diagnosed with pregnancy induced hypertension around 23-24 weeks (I’m 33 weeks now), but I just recently was put on medication, and the doctor says that he wants to start seeing me every week until I deliver to do a fetal stress test. After hearing this, I naturally started to worry, but my fiance doesn’t seem to think it’s a huge deal. Am I over-reacting, or is he under-reacting? What’s the worse case scenario with this?

Written By Nurse007

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  • Girly #3 due June 2009 March 16, 2009, 12:02 am

    I had pregnancy induced hypertension with my first (and then it wouldn’t go away so now I deal with it every pregnancy) they monitored me more and started meds. Then they admitted me to L&D for a 24 hour urine test, which came back okay so they sent me home on bed rest but was still dizzy and seeing stars my BP was 175/115 so they admitted me and induced. They worry about Toxemia.

    With my second, I was medicated nearly all the time and did non stress tests starting at 32 weeks and was induced at 38 weeks as a precaution.
    With this pregnancy (I’m 11 weeks) they said we’ll just deal with it (i’m not medicated yet) but will probably be induced between 37 and 38 weeks. They didn’t mention NST’s but I bet I’ll have to do them too. Hope this helps.

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