Learn About The Signs And Risk Factors Of Preeclampsia - A Pregnancy Problem That Can Lead To Serious And Even Fatal Complications For Both You And Your Baby.

Preeclampsia is a complication of some pregnancies, sometimes called toxemia and if you're pregnant this is must have information because...
Preeclampsia is a complication of some pregnancies, sometimes called toxemia and if you're pregnant this is must have information because left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious and even fatal complications for both you and your baby. Preeclampsia occurs in about 7% of all pregnancies so your risk of getting this is thankfully slim. Preeclampsia is marked by high blood pressure and excess protein in your urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but it usually occurs after the 35th week of pregnancy. No one is totally sure why some women develop preeclampsia and some don't. However, since it's such a dangerious condition it's very smart to know the warning signs. Preeclampsia warning signs: (remember these signs will occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy).
  • A sudden, significant rise in blood pressure and swelling of the hands and feet.
  • Headache, blurred vision, light sensitivity or seeing spots.
  • Excess protein in your urine (proteinuria).
  • Upper abdominal pain, usually under your ribs on the right side.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting.
  • Dizziness.
  • Increased need to pee.
  • Sudden weight gain, (usually more than 2 pounds per week).
  • Trouble concentrating.
Of course, many of the above symptoms are common enough during pregnancy which is why it's important to always report changes to your midwife or doctor, in spite of how little and silly you may think a problem is. The Preeclampsia Foundation notes these following risk factors:
  • It's your first pregnancy.
  • Your family or you has a history of preeclampsia, chronic high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease.
  • Obesity.
  • Being pregnant with multiples.
  • If you're younger than 18 or older than 40.
  • Other conditions can be a trigger risk such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis or multiple sclerosis.
If you experience any of the sign of preeclampsia see your health care provider right away. Treatment includes strict pregnancy monitoring and can include medication, bed rest and even early delivery. For more information visit the Preeclampsia Foundation.

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