Preeclampsia in Pregnancy



Formerly called toxemia, preeclampsia is a condition that pregnant women develop and common in teen pregnancy and women in their 40s. It is marked by high blood pressure in women who have previously not experienced high blood pressure before. Preeclamptic women will have a high level of protein in their urine and often also have swelling in the feet, legs, and hands. This condition usually appears late in pregnancy although it can occur earlier.

People at risk are:
Women with a history of high blood pressure prior to pregnancy, A history of preeclampsia, Having a mother or sister who had preeclampsia, A history of obesity, Carrying more than one baby
History of diabetes, kidney disease, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis

In addition to swelling, protein in the urine, and high blood pressure,
Rapid weight gain caused by a significant increase in bodily fluid
Abdominal pain
Severe headaches
Change in reflexes
Reduced urine or no urine output
Excessive vomiting and nausea
Vision changes
Blood pressure greater than 130/80
Severe headache
Decrease in Urine
Abdominal pain, especially in the upper right side

Effects on Mother
Water in the lungs
Heart failure
Reversible blindness
Bleeding from the liver
Bleeding after you’ve given birth
placental abruption leading to still birth