The cause of preeclampsia is unknown. But it is more common in first pregnancies. It affects about 5% to 8% of all pregnant women. Other risk factors for preeclampsia include:
Symptoms may include severe swelling of the hands and face, high blood pressure, headache, dizziness, irritability, decreased urine output, belly pain, and blurred vision. Treatment will vary based on the severity of the condition and the stage of
the pregnancy. Treatment may include a hospital stay, bed rest, medicine to lower blood pressure, and close monitoring of both the fetus and the mother.
Learn More About Preeclampsia
Developing high blood pressure after the 20th week of pregnancy or right after pregnancy may signal a condition called preeclampsia. If not treated, this condition may threaten both mother and child. Fortunately, preeclampsia is easily found during routine prenatal care visits. Plus, close monitoring can help women who develop it stay healthy and deliver healthy babies. To learn the facts, test your knowledge with this quiz.
NHCC is home to the Northside Hospital Maternal Heart Health Clinic, where our experts focus on educating and providing comprehensive care for women with preeclampsia.