By Kinza Asghar Khan, PharmD

Up-Dated at 06-Feb-2024

The rising prevalence of hypertension during pregnancy, or high blood pressure, has become a significant concern due to the potential health risks it poses for both mothers and their babies.

While managing hypertension during pregnancy receives considerable attention, the importance of addressing this condition in the postpartum period is often overlooked. However, this phase is critical as it introduces additional stressors and challenges to the mother’s recovery.

Fortunately, recent research has shed light on the potential benefits of lifestyle modifications during the postpartum period for managing high blood pressure. 

What are the recent research findings about postpartum lifestyle modifications on blood pressure?

Postpartum hypertension can have serious implications for long-term health, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.

Moreover, it can have a detrimental impact on the mother’s overall well-being, hinder her ability to care for her newborn and disrupt the bonding process.

The research conducted in Boston explored the benefits of making lifestyle changes after giving birth to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. The researchers reviewed several studies published between 2010 and November 2022. 

Another study conducted in 2022 supports similar findings. Although the evidence is limited, there are positive signs that making lifestyle modifications can have a positive impact on blood pressure and cardiovascular health in the long term.

Are lifestyle modifications worth it in preventing hypertension in postpartum?

Pregnancy is often described as a physiological stress test that can reveal a woman’s predisposition to CVD, providing an opportunity for prevention efforts.

This extends to the postpartum period, which refers to the 12 months following delivery. During this time, women are typically in close contact with the healthcare system and may be more receptive to suggestions for lifestyle changes.

Taking care of a baby can also serve as a motivating factor for implementing a healthier lifestyle. The responsibility of caring for a child may inspire women to prioritize their well-being and make positive changes to their habits.

If you experienced high blood pressure during pregnancy, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) increases fourfold. However,  lifestyle modifications are still considered the best and primary approach to managing high blood pressure in this situation.

Making lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity, achieving weight loss if necessary, quitting smoking, and adopting healthier diets have proven to be effective in preventing the development of CVD in the general population.

These modifications not only reduce the risk of high blood pressure-related complications but also promote overall well-being.


By making thoughtful adjustments to your lifestyle, you can greatly reduce the chances of high blood pressure complications. It’s important to note that further research is still necessary, but there is promising evidence that implementing these changes can bring about positive effects on overall health and well-being.

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