Many of you will have heard of pre-eclampsia but not many people actually know what it is. So we thought it would be good to write a little about it to inform you, our readers, about what it is and its symptoms.
What is pre-eclampsia?
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects up to 6% of pregnant woman. It usually affects women in their second half of pregnancy, from around 20 weeks and can sometimes happen shortly after the baby is delivered. The exact cause is not known, but it is thought to occur when there is a problem with the placenta.
What are the symptoms?
- High blood pressure
- Protein in your urine
- Swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands
- Severe headache
- Vision problems
- Pain just below the ribs
If you are diagnosed with pre-eclampsia you will be monitored closely by your doctor and in severe cases you will be monitored and cared for in hospital. The only cure for pre-eclampsia is to deliver the baby so most babies will be born around 37 to 38 weeks of pregnancy. Earlier in more severe cases.
It is important to remember that even though pre-eclampsia is a serious condition most woman will have healthy babies and will recover completely shortly after birth.