If you have both high blood pressure and protein in your urine, it can mean you are at risk of developing a condition called pre-eclampsia.
This can be a serious condition affecting your liver and kidneys, possibly leading to a seizure or stroke in severe cases.
Some pregnant women have a higher chance of developing pre-eclampsia.
It's important for you and your baby’s health to monitor your blood pressure and urine in pregnancy.
It helps your maternity care team know if you need treatment and make sure you get it quickly.
More about pre-eclampsia
Monitoring blood pressure and urine at home
Self-monitoring of blood pressure and urine at home is safe when it is part of continuous assessment with your maternity care team, even for women with a higher chance of developing pre-eclampsia.
Your maternity care team will help you decide whether monitoring at home feels right for you and your baby. They will:
- give you equipment to use at home
- explain why monitoring is important for you and your baby
- show you how to do the tests
- explain what your results might show and the levels which are safe for you
- explain what to do if you feel unwell
Whether you choose to monitor at home or not, your maternity care team will be there to support you and answer any questions you may have.
How often blood pressure and urine should be monitored
Your maternity care team will discuss how often to monitor your blood pressure and urine with you.
In Scotland some NHS health boards use text messaging, such as the Florence service, to send you a reminder when it’s time to do your tests.
This will usually be just before your pregnancy care appointments, which may be:
- by video appointment, using a system called NHS Near Me
- at a clinic or hospital
- over the phone