Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal.

Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious complications for both you and your baby.
  • Symptoms
  • High blood pressure

    common

    Swelling in lower leg

    or Enlarged feet or ankle

    or Enlarged arms or hands

    or Face swelling

    common

    Abdominal pain

    • In the upper left region, Located in middle upper region, In the upper right region

    common

    Headache

    • Steady

    • Tight band-like pain around the head and neck, Coming from the back of head

    • Chronic or persistent pain

    • On one side of the head

    common

    Blurred vision

    or Intolerance to light

    or Transient visual loss

    Confusion

    or Annoyed easily

    Difficulty breathing

    • Occurs when lying flat

  • Risk factors
  • Pregnant

    • After 20 weeks

    Have never given birth or carried a pregnancy

    High blood pressure disease

    or Kidney failure or on dialysis

    Pregnancy with more than one baby at a time

    Overweight or obese

    Diabetes mellitus

    Postpartum

    • Within 48 hours

  • Treatment
  • The most effective treatment for preeclampsia is delivery. However, if it's too early in the pregnancy, monitoring the tests as recommended by the doctor is important, possibly along with medications, such as drugs to lower the blood pressure, Corticosteroids, and Anticonvulsant medications.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Preeclampsia, then visit an obstetrician-gynecologist as soon as possible.

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