Pre-eclampsia in pregnancy
Here's what you need to know about a condition that effects approximately 10% of pregnancies…
Pre-eclampsia is a condition which occurs in around 10 percent of pregnancies, usually in the third trimester, and more often in first pregnancies. It is characterised by high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and oedema (swelling) of the face, hands and feet. Sufferers of pre-eclampsia may still feel quite well, although some women experience headaches, blurred vision or severe heartburn-type pain. In extreme cases, the liver, kidneys and nervous system may be affected. Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition which can be life-threatening for you and your baby, so you will need specialist care. This condition affects the development of the placenta, so your baby might become unwell and may stop growing as he should. You may be admitted to hospital for observation, and your baby may have to be delivered early – by induction of labour, or sometimes by caesarean section. Sometimes, blood pressure medication is used. It may take some time for your body to recover after the birth.
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