High blood pressure impacts 2-3% of all pregnant women, making it the most common health problem during pregnancy. As a rule, doctors keep a close eye on blood pressure during pregnancy because of the potentially harmful impact on both mother and child. According to a study recently presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress, the potential risk for health problems for the mother doesn’t end after pregnancy. Based on a review of nine studies that followed women anywhere from one to 32 years after pregnancy, researchers found that those women who had developed high blood pressure during pregnancy were at significantly higher risk for having a stroke down the road. This was true even if the high blood pressure had gone back to normal after pregnancy, as often happens. The bottom line: If you’ve had high blood pressure during pregnancy, you and your doctor should be vigilant about tracking your blood pressure post-pregnancy, as well as checking for other markers of heart disease and diabetes, which increase your risk of stroke. (Source: vascular2013.ca)