Yes. While a pregnant woman can develop preeclampsia at any time, your risk is even greater if you:
Preeclampsia stems from several issues, but medical experts believe it starts in your placenta. New blood vessels develop to send blood to your placenta when you become pregnant. But, for an unknown reason, some of them are unable to form, or function, properly. Possible causes of this include:
Preeclampsia causes dangerously high blood pressure during your pregnancy. Anytime you have high blood pressure — whether you’re pregnant or not — you don’t know until you get checked.
Women who have preeclampsia can experience troublesome symptoms, but they also happen to be common pregnancy-related symptoms. For example, you could experience:
During your prenatal visit, Dr. Love might order some lab work, including blood and urine tests. Abnormal liver function and protein in your urine are warning signs of preeclampsia. Your labs, combined with your symptoms and blood pressure level, let Dr. Love know if you need to start a preeclampsia treatment plan.
The only treatment for preeclampsia is giving birth. If that isn’t an option for you right now, Dr. Love suggests several remedies to minimize any serious complications from preeclampsia. You should:
Following Dr. Love’s directions for prenatal care is important. Overexerting yourself and consuming a poor diet can make preeclampsia even more dangerous. This could increase your chances of stroke, kidney damage, liver problems, placental abruption, and seizures.
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