World Preeclampsia Day: Nutrition tips to manage hypertension during pregnancy

Preeclampsia is a sudden spike in blood pressure after 20th week of pregnancy. It can lead to serious complications. Diet

Updated on May 22, 2023 08:53 PM IST 9 Photos

"High blood pressure is caused by various factors such as sedentary lifestyle, higher BMI, genetics, family history and diet rich in sodium laden foods. Hypertension is associated with increased risk of stroke, cardiac dysfunction, vision problems, renal failure and peripheral vascular disease," says Abhilasha V, Chief Clinical Nutritionist & HOD. Abhilasha V further suggests nutrition tips for expecting mothers to steer clear of blood pressure issues.(Freepik)

Eating a low sodium, well balanced diet can protect our health. A good diet combined with regular physical activity, good quality sleep and avoidance of smoking and alcohol can keep our health in check.  (istockphoto)

Maintaining a healthy BMI is also very important. Obesity is a risk factor for hypertension too, so keeping one’s weight in check can have a protective effect overall. (Shutterstock)


A diet consisting of whole grains, lean protein, good fats, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables combined with the right methods of cooking can enhance health and protect one from developing hypertension.. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Cutting down on caffeine can also plays an important role as excess consumption can lead to increased blood pressure and tremors too. (Unsplash)