Treating mild hypertension in pregnancy ‘better for mum and bub’

A randomised trial demonstrates intervention for chronic high blood pressure is safe and effective

Pregnant women with mild chronic hypertension can safely be prescribed antihypertensives without compromising fetal growth, US clinicians have declared.

Results from their large, multicentre trial suggest that treating to a target of less than 140/90mmHg cuts the risk of pre-eclampsia and preterm birth by 21% and 13%, respectively.