High blood pressure in pregnancy affects 1 in every 10 pregnant women in the UK. Many pregnant women with high blood pressure will have questions about how it might be treated in pregnancy. Women want to be involved in conversations and decisions with their healthcare professionals about their high blood pressure treatment. The information on this page has been designed to help with this.

The information includes two parts: a pregnancy decision-aid which women can read in their own time and an infographic which women can use in a consultation with healthcare professionals to discuss the treatment of high blood pressure in pregnancy.

High blood pressure in pregnancy decision aid and infographic

High blood pressure in pregnancy decision aid and infographic

The following pregnancy decision aids have been developed using the international patient decision aid standards (IPDAS). All the information provided has been developed with experts and women with lived experience of high blood pressure in pregnancy, in association with Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC). The information is based on the national guidelines for managing high blood pressure in pregnancy.

High blood pressure in pregnancy decision aid (web/print)

This information booklet aims to support pregnant women with high blood pressure to discuss treatment options versus ‘watch and wait’.

High blood pressure in pregnancy in-consultation infographic (web/print)

An in-consultation aid to support discussions about blood pressure in pregnancy treatment options.

* Materials updated November 2019. From time to time minor amendments maybe made, to ensure you have the most up to date version please refresh your browser.

“This decision aid and infographic accurately reflect recommendations in the NICE guidance on hypertension in pregnancy and patient experience in adult NHS services. It also supports statements 1 and 3 in the NICE quality standard for hypertension in pregnancy.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, October 2019