Preeclampsia: Pregnancy-related High Blood Pressure

Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy for Women with Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia, dangerously high blood pressure that develops in the second half of pregnancy, affects about 1 in 20 pregnancies. The condition poses risks to a mother’s health and may require an early birth. Our experienced maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists work closely with you to extend your pregnancy as long as safely possible. This may include hospitalization, where we closely monitor the mother and provide more time for the baby’s development. After delivery, our MFM physicians and the newborn medicine specialists in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) collaborate to provide the best care for you and your baby.

In this video, Sarah Little, MD, of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital describes our specialized care for women with preeclampsia.

Choose Us: Expert Care for Preeclampsia

  • Prenatally, we screen all women for preeclampsia, with extra monitoring for women at risk, which includes those with a history of chronic high blood pressure or kidney disease, obesity, age over 40 or under 18, a multiple pregnancy, and those pregnant after in vitro fertilization.
  • Because women who’ve had preeclampsia are at increased risk for cardiovascular problems later, our multidisciplinary team of experts, including MFM specialists, internal medicine physicians and nutritionists work closely with you and your primary care provider to transition you to the care needed for good health in the years ahead.
  • We provide preconception care and planning for women who’ve had preeclampsia previously, to monitor for risks in a future pregnancy.
  • Our team of experts offer Virtual Visits to connect with you while you stay at home. Many appointments, including an initial consult, second opinion, monitoring, or follow-up care, can effectively be held virtually so you can begin or continue your care.
  • Our state-of-the-art 66-bed Level III NICU is available to provide the most advanced technology in New England for premature babies and newborns with medical needs.
  • More than 200 women give birth to twins or triplets each year at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. You can count on the deep experience of the multidisciplinary team in our Comprehensive Care Center for Multiples, which is designed to ensure families expecting multiples are healthy, confident and cared for before, during and after pregnancy.


We understand that you may have concerns and want to assure you that we are steadfast in our commitment to safely providing the care you need. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists are available to connect with you in person and with Virtual Visits. To request an appointment, call 617-732-5130 or submit the form below.

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