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New NHS maternity app helps mums monitor their blood pressure AT HOME

Pregnant women rejoice!

You don’t need to lug yourself to the hospital or your GP for your appointments as there’s now an app for some of that!

The NHS has unveiled a new app, which allows expectant mothers with high blood pressure to monitor themselves from the comfort of their own home.

 A new NHS maternity app helps mums monitor their blood pressure AT HOME!

Mums-to-be will be able to monitor their baby’s movements in the womb, access their medical records and request advice.

What’s more, they will also be able to connect to the app and check their blood pressure bringing “care closer to home” says senior midwife Jacqueline Dunkley Bent.

New NHS maternity app helps mums monitor their blood pressure AT HOME

“Expectant mums and their partners rightly want more say over their care and more information about how things are going during pregnancy, and that’s what we are delivering through the NHS Long Term Plan,” she says.

“Digital maternity records bring women’s care closer to home, giving them more control over their pregnancy and care, and in surroundings and at times that suit them.”

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More than 100,000 women took part in the pilot scheme last year. Following a successful trial, the app will be rolled out in the U.K. by 2024.

Why it’s important for pregnant women to monitor their blood pressure

High blood pressure could cause life-threatening problems, such as preeclampsia, for both mums and babies if not found early on and treated.

One of the three leading causes of death in pregnancy is preeclampsia, which is caused by high blood pressure.

Preeclampsia can occur during pregnancy, or straight after birth.

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High blood pressure, fluid retention and protein in the urine are all indicators of preeclampsia, and the condition can appear very quickly.

A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80 mm Hg and below.

Symptoms of preeclampsia

New NHS maternity app helps mums monitor their blood pressure AT HOME

According to the World Health Organisation, eclampsia is one of the three leading causes of death in pregnancy. It can occur during pregnancy or straight after birth.

High blood pressure, fluid retention and protein in the urine are all indicators of pre-eclampsia, and the condition can appear very quickly.

Symptoms to look out for

  • Dizziness
  • Swelling
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain just below the ribs
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Changes in vision

If you are worried that you are suffering with any of these symptoms, we advise that you go and see your GP as soon as possible.

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