“Postpartum NSAIDS and Maternal Hypertension”
Previous studies have suggested that NSAID use causes an increase in blood pressure. Further, blood pressure elevation has been noted in women with pregnancy related hypertensive disease during the postpartum period. NSAIDs remain part of standard postpartum care in women with hypertensive disease. The objective of this study is to determine whether postpartum standard care withholding NSAID use is associated with a clinically significant reduction in postpartum hypertension in women with pregnancy induced hypertension. The investigators hypothesize that women with pregnancy induced hypertensive disease will be half as likely to have blood pressure elevation of 150/100 mmHg in the first 24 hours postpartum. This study is an open label randomized trial of women with antepartum hypertension. Women will be randomized to receive standard postpartum care or standard postpartum care without NSAIDs. Blood pressure measurements and patient outcomes will be recorded. The study period will begin at the time of delivery and will end at the time of hospital discharge.
Drug - Ibuprofen 600 mg
Standard postpartum care (including administration of NSAIDs)
Standard Postpartum Care without NSAIDs
NSAID administration will be withheld from this group.
Effect of Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Use on Blood Pressure in Women With Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy: A Randomized Open Label Trial