By Kathryn Watson, Feb 9, 2023

We spoke with board-certified OB-GYN Kecia Gaither, MD, who practices at NYC Health and Hospitals in the Bronx, New York, and is an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, about why it’s so important to diagnose and treat high blood pressure in the year after giving birth. What is postpartum hypertension? When you’re pregnant, the amount of blood volume in your body doubles. This is ultimately a good thing, as it supports your body and the developing fetus. But having so much additional blood in your body puts a lot of extra pressure on your cardiovascular system. “Your heart is pumping extra, and your arteries are under increased strain,” says Dr. Gaither.

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