Preeclampsia: Is It Likely To Recur?

What are the chances my severe preeclampsia might repeat in subsequent births?

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Preeclampsia is most often a disease of first-time pregnancies, but once it occurs, it can recur in a subsequent pregnancy. If a woman does develop preeclampsia with a subsequent pregnancy, it is usually less severe. About 70 percent of those affected are first-time mothers, versus 30 percent of those in a second or later pregnancy.

Many events and conditions favor predisposition of this condition: Family history of hypertension/preeclampsia, being an "older" mom-to-be, twin pregnancy, previous hypertension or predisposition to hypertension, poverty, smoking and poor nutrition.

There has been some interesting research indicating that an increase in calcium during pregnancy (increased protein intake with milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu or supplements) may help prevent preeclampsia.

Hope this helps, and good luck with your next pregnancy.

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