What is Pre-eclampsia
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that can occur during pregnancy and is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Pre-eclampsia usually develops after the 20th week of pregnancy and can affect both the mother and the baby. It is more common in first-time pregnancies and in women over the age of 35.
Symptoms of pre-eclampsia may include high blood pressure, protein in the urine, swelling in the face and hands, severe headache, abdominal pain, and changes in vision. If left untreated, pre-eclampsia can lead to serious complications for both the mother and the baby, including placental abruption (when the placenta separates from the uterus before delivery), preterm delivery, and even death.
Pre-eclampsia can be managed with close monitoring and, in some cases, medications to control blood pressure. In severe cases, delivery of the baby may be necessary to protect the health of both the mother and the baby. If you are pregnant and experiencing any of the symptoms of pre-eclampsia, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.