What Are The Symptoms of Preeclampsia?

Treatment for preeclampsia ranges from bed rest, excellent attention to nutrition and limiting stress, to hospitalization, antihypertensive medications and induction of labor or cesarean birth. Mothers whose condition can be monitored may undergo frequent antepartal testing involving ultrasounds, non-stress tests and biophysical profiles.

A risk inherent in preelampsia is that the placenta will not deliver sufficient nutrients to the baby. Often, babies of preeclamptic mothers can be small for gestational age with small placentas. If it is demonstrated that the baby would do better "outside", induction of labor is considered.

If you notice that your blood pressure is slowly increasing, your weight has rapidly increased without explanation, your face or hands are puffy in the morning, protein is showing up in your urine and/or you have been experiencing headaches or visual disturbances, bring these signs and symptoms to the attention of your care provider. The best way to assess your risk of pregnancy induced hypertension (preelcampsia) is to see your care provider on a regular basis.

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