Preeclampsia can be a serious complication in pregnancy that can occur at term or prior to 37 weeks. This can cause problems with internal organs and seizures in severe cases.
Symptoms can include:
- Pain in the right upper portion of the abdomen
- Severe headaches unrelieved with medication
- Blurry vision
- Rapid weight gain with swelling
At each visit you will be screened for signs of preeclampsia. Testing includes:
- Urine dip for protein
- Blood pressure checks
Those at risk for preeclampsia include:
- History of chronic hypertension
- First time pregnancy
- Age greater than 40
- Multiple gestation
Once the diagnosis of preeclampsia is made, the cure for this condition is delivery. The decision to proceed with delivery may vary depending on the gestational age of your baby. Your doctor would outline a plan for you specific to your pregnancy.