Preeclampsia

Pregnancy is an important time in any woman's life; hence, it can be life-changing. But there are some complications in your pregnancy where, if you do not provide immediate care, that could be catastrophic. One such very important condition is Preeclampsia

What Is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is when the pregnant mother has a high blood pressure level, and it seems sudden and unmanageable. Not only that but preeclampsia is sometimes characterized by other conditions like a high protein content in the urine. 

However, this does not imply that preeclampsia is the end and that there are no ways in which you can manage it. If you detect it on time, thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to lessen the damage. 

Symptoms

  • Urine: The first and most obvious sign of Preeclampsia is when there is a very high protein content in your urine. It usually happens due to some malfunctioning in the kidney.
  • Visible Symptoms: The most visible symptoms of Preeclampsia are recurrent headaches and vomiting. There could also be gasping due to a shortage of breath and the filling up of fluid in the lungs.
  • Change in Vision: The most evident sign of Preeclampsia is when the mother's vision changes. There could be implications like a temporary loss of vision, sometimes even blurred vision, or too much sensitivity to light.
  • Pain: The pain is usually quite confusing, as there is a tingling sensation on the upper belly. Sometimes, accompanying the same, there is extreme pain in the ribs, which seems unmanageable. The most common way you can understand this is due to Preeclampsia is when both types of pain occur side by side. 

Why Does Preeclampsia Occur?

The pregnant mother is often prone to many implications, and this is because of changes in the body. The placenta is the vital organ that helps the baby sustain itself in the mother's womb. They usually do the same by producing new blood vessels, which nourish the body. 

However, a disturbance here tends to cause major implications, including high blood pressure and ultimately causing Preeclampsia. There is a major lag in the blood circulation levels, and this can thus be the major reason behind Preeclampsia. Sometimes even nutritional deficiencies can contribute to the cause of Preeclampsia. 

Risk Factors

Preeclampsia as a condition is risky, but at the same time, it is not something that you will ever be able to manage. However, we will always suggest that if you are showing any symptoms for a week or so, the best thing to do is visit the doctor. The doctor will be able to assess the implications in the first stage itself and provide you with immediate care. However, if you happen to linger on it for a long time, there could be a few obvious signs like:

  • Unmanageable high blood pressure
  • Organ damage like kidney and liver
  • Birth complications for the baby can cause congenital disabilities
  • Under development for the baby because of premature delivery
  • Life risk for the mother and the baby

When Should You See the Doctor?

Preeclampsia is not widespread but is a condition for which you need immediate attention. The risk factor for Preeclampsia is quite high, but at the same time, attention and care will help the pregnant mother surpass it easily.

Request an appointment at Apollo Cradle, Hyderabad - Jubilee Hills. Call 1860-500-1066 to book an appointment.

1. What Is the Main Cause of Preeclampsia?

Although there are many causes for Preeclampsia, it is mostly the underdevelopment of the placenta and the blood cells that leads to it.

2. What Happens If You Get Preeclampsia?

If you happen to get preeclampsia and do not get treated for it, you could face some long-term implications, which can be risky for you and your child.

3. Who Is At High Risk For Preeclampsia?

Usually, women over 40 and pregnant women are at quite a high risk for preeclampsia.

4. In which trimester does preeclampsia occur?

Although preeclampsia can occur in any trimester, you will notice that it is during the third semester that it is most visible.

5. Will my baby be okay if I have preeclampsia?

Most women will deliver extremely healthy babies, and if given proper care, there should be no complications.

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