Can we avoid Preeclampsia?

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Registered: 06-02-2011
Can we avoid Preeclampsia?
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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 1:47pm

I just found out that I'm pregnant and want to avoid any complications specially preeclampsia. Does any one know how to avoid this?



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Registered: 04-13-2010
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 7:53pm
Hi, your question was on the main page so I thought I'd chime in.

There is currently no way to avoid preeclampsia. My last pregnancy was textbook perfect, perfect weight gain, perfect heartbeat, perfect measurements, perfect blood pressure, perfect everything. One morning during the 35th week I woke up not feeling well - I thought I had caught a cold since I work with little kids. I went to the doc, was diagnosed with sudden severe preeclampsia and sent to the hospital, my baby died within the 15 minute drive to the hospital.

While you cannot prevent preeclampsia, what you can do is educate yourself. www.preeclampsia.org is a great website. You can navigate it easily by scrolling over the pics near the top. The page on signs and symptoms is especially important.

Be aware of the signs and symptoms. Be aware that high blood pressure does NOT have to be the first sign. I had no idea of the signs or symptoms, I never thought it could happen to me since my blood pressure was always great when not pregnant and was perfect throughout the pregnancy.

The best thing you can do is to educate yourself. If you notice any of the signs or symptoms, ask your doc about it. Be pushy if you need to. The logo on the old preeclampsia website used to say "Know the symptoms. Trust yourself." To me, probably one of the most important things would have been to know that the feeling of something is just not right can actually be a symptom. In looking back, I guess I felt that way for about 2 days beforehand. I didn't know, but you can. Know the symptoms. Trust yourself.

Good luck with your pregnancy.


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Registered: 06-02-2011
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 2:17pm

There's actually no proven ways to avoid it because the cause is still unknown. I think what we can do is take care of ourselves and eat a balanced diet for you and your baby's health. I'm 6 weeks pregnant and