Is gestational hypertension in pregnancy covered?
No. None of our policy levels will cover expectant mums for gestational hypertension claims, however with the addition of a Pregnancy Pack, you're eligible to claim.
Gestational hypertension can be described as high blood pressure arising as a result of pregnancy. According to The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZOG), a blood pressure measurement is usually recorded as two numbers, such as 120 over 80 (120/80). Hypertension is diagnosed when either the top or the bottom number is higher than normal. Women who develop high blood pressure in the second half of pregnancy without any effects on their kidneys or other organs have ‘pregnancy induced hypertension’ or ‘gestational hypertension’. This condition still requires monitoring in case there is a worsening of blood pressure, or progression to pre-eclampsia. During pregnancy, very high blood pressure (severe hypertension) can cause complications for both you and your baby, including:
- Poor growth of your baby – due to low nutrition and oxygen supply from the placenta
- Prematurity – if early delivery (before 37 weeks) is required to protect the health of you or your baby
- Placental abruption – the placenta may prematurely separate from the wall of the uterus (womb), leading to bleeding and the need for an emergency birth in some cases
- Pre-eclampsia – a condition involving high blood pressure and abnormal function in one or more organs during pregnancy.