Preeclampsia results in a pregnancy complication which is characterized by high blood pressure & signs of damage to another organ system, usually to the kidneys. Preeclampsia generally starts after 20 weeks of the pregnancy in woman whose blood pressure was been normal. Even a minute increase in the blood pressure can be a symptom of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia can lead to serious issue, even fatal complications for both you & your baby if it was untreated. If you have preeclampsia, the only cure is to deliver your baby. Preeclampsia may affect at least 5-8% of the pregnancy women.

SYMPTOMS:

Mild preeclampsia: High blood pressure, water retention, & protein in the urine.

Severe preeclampsia:Inability to tolerate the bright light, headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, urination will be small amounts, pain in upper right abdomen, shortness of the breath & tendency to bruise easily. Contact doctor immediately if you are experiencing blurred vision, severe headaches,abdominal pain, and urinating very infrequently.

DIAGNOSIS:

At every prenatal checkup your doctor will check up your blood pressure & will order for the blood tests & urine test which will show if you are suffering with preecclampsia. Your doctor may also do other type of tests which includes: checking kidney & blood – clotting functions, ultrasound scan to check babys growth & doppler scan was done to measure efficiency of the blood flow to the placenta.

TREATMENT:

Treatment is based on how close you are to your delivery date. If you were close to your due date & the baby is developed enough, your doctor will probably want to deliver baby as soon as possible.