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

If I have high blood pressure during pregnancy (preeclampsia), can this cause my baby to have hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (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 cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), intraventricular hemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia and intellectual disabilities and developmental delays. Physicians may give different…