Antihypertensives in pregnancy

Because of the risk of intra-cerebral haemorrhage and eclampsia, Australian guidelines recommend BP lowering medicine for pregnant women with BP ≥160/110mmHg.1 Australian guidelines also recommend that BP lowering medicine should be “considered an option” for pregnant women whose BP is consistently between 140/90mmHg and 160/100mmHg.1

There is little debate that pregnant women with severe hypertension, ≥170/110mmHg, must be treated urgently1 – but management of mild to moderate hypertension (140