High blood pressure can occur during pregnancy. Get your questions answered and find out the possible effects it could have on your baby.

Can maternal high blood pressure cause HIE and cerebral palsy?

A:  Yes.  High blood pressure problems during pregnancy complicate 12 –22% or more of all pregnancies, and these problems significantly contribute to neonatal brain injury and death.  Types of brain injuries that can occur include hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy (CP), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Physicians may give different names…