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Current Studies at Motherisk: Control of Hypertension in Pregnancy Study

Almost 10% of pregnancies are complicated by high blood pressure (hypertension). Experts agree that blood pressure medication should be given to pregnant women with severe hypertension to protect them from stroke. However, for pregnant women with mild to moderate hypertension, it is not known whether blood pressure medication benefits mothers or babies, and treating blood pressure may cause poorer growth of the baby. Canadian obstetricians are divided on how to treat hypertension.

The Control of Hypertension In Pregnancy Study (CHIPS) will determine whether allowing the mother's blood pressure to be higher than normal during pregnancy, results in better growth of the baby before birth and health of the baby after birth, than does normalizing blood pressure by prescribing blood pressure medication.

CHIPS is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and coordinated by the University of British Columbia, Maternal Fetal Medicine Division, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and the University of Toronto, The Centre for Mother, Infant, and Child Research.

To find out more email the CHIPS coordinating centre at chips@cw.bc.ca

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