The reproductive history and the present health status of 66 patients who had had a pregnancy complicated by hypertension during the period 1972-1982 were retrospectively studied. Hypertension in pregnancy is a poor prognostic factor not only for the future development of hypertension but, also, as it is associated to a very poor reproductive history. Such complications are more frequent in pregnant women with very high blood pressure (greater than 160/100). In fact, in the case of a previous pregnancy, this group of patients had experienced a high rate of abortions (31.7%), premature deliveries (17.8%) and perinatal mortality (21.4%). Moreover, these women are subject to a higher risk (56.5%) of developing hypertension in successive pregnancies. Risk factors for determining the future development of hypertension are: familiar hypertension, the severity of hypertension during pregnancy and pluriparity.