Could high blood pressure be caused by the baby pushing on my arteries?

There are several causes for high blood pressure in pregnancy, but there is no way your developing baby could cause this by pressing on your arteries. It is most commonly because of (as yet unknown) signals from your placenta indicating that it needs more blood flow, resulting in your body trying to force more blood flow to the placenta by constricting (narrowing) small arteries around your body.
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