At-Home Blood Pressure Checks can Curb Severe Pregnancy-Related Complications

Many serious health problems during pregnancy stem from high blood pressure. Better known as the silent killer, high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia, can lead to stroke, organ damage, pregnancy loss, or low birth weight for the baby. Additionally, it raises the risk of death for the pregnant person and the baby. Black people are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe pregnancy-related complications, and nearly three times as likely to have a pregnancy-related death.

Daily at-home blood pressure checks enable healthcare providers to be proactive and spot issues sooner. Boston Medical Center is at the forefront of the home-monitoring initiative that aims to take better care of people of color and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.