Many pregnant women do not know what pre-eclampsia is, but it can be very dangerous, and one of the MAIN reasons mamas get induced early or have emergency c-sections to bring their little one to the world. ⁣⁣
Preeclampsia is a serious blood pressure condition that can happen after the 20th week of pregnancy or after giving birth (called postpartum preeclampsia). It’s when a woman has high blood pressure and signs that some of her organs, like her kidneys and liver, may not be working normally. Blood pressure is the force of blood that pushes against the walls of your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood away from your heart to other parts of the body. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is when the force of blood against the walls of the blood vessels is too high. It can stress your heart and cause problems during pregnancy⁣⁣
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Preeclampsia is a serious health problem for pregnant women around the world. It affects 2 to 8 per cent of pregnancies worldwide (2 to 8 in 100). In the United States, it’s the cause of 15 per cent (about 3 in 20) of premature births. Prematurity is birth that happens too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. ⁣⁣
Most women with preeclampsia have healthy babies. But if it’s not treated, it can cause severe health problems for you and your baby.⁣⁣
Below are the signs of Preeclampsia
  • Rapid weight gain caused by a significant increase in bodily fluid.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Severe headaches.
  • Change in reflexes.
  • Reduced urine or no urine output.
  • Dizziness.
  • Excessive vomiting and nausea.
  • Vision changes.
It is essential for pregnant women to eat healthily, attend antenatal, take folic acid, and avoid stress however even with proper care unavoidable Preeclampsia may still occur.
If you have ANY of these signs it’s really important to let your doctor know!!
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