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what is pre-eclampsia?

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Asked by angel499 at 8:03 PM on Jun. 2, 2013 in Pregnancy

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  • preeclampsia is a condition that pregnant women develop. It is marked by high blood pressure and a high level of protein in the urine. Preeclamptic women will often also have swelling in the feet, legs, and hands. This condition usually appears during the second half of pregnancy, often in the latter part of the second or in the third trimesters, although it can occur earlier.

    If undiagnosed, preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia, a serious condition that can put you and your baby at risk, and in rare cases, cause death. Women with preeclampsia who have seizures are considered to have eclampsia.

    There's no way to cure preeclampsia, and that can be a scary prospect for moms-to-be. But you can help protect yourself by learning the symptoms of preeclampsia and by seeing your doctor for regular prenatal care. When preeclampsia is caught early, it's easier to manage.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:10 PM on Jun. 2, 2013

  • What Causes Preeclampsia?

    The exact causes of preeclampsia and eclampsia -- a result of a placenta that doesn't function properly -- are not known, although some researchers suspect poor nutrition, high body fat, or insufficient blood flow to the uterus as possible causes. Genetics plays a role, as well.
    Preeclampsia is most often seen in first-time pregnancies, in pregnant teens, and in women over 40. Other risk factors include:
    A history of high blood pressure prior to pregnancy
    A history of preeclampsia
    Having a mother or sister who had preeclampsia
    A history of obesity
    Carrying more than one baby
    History of diabetes, kidney disease, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:12 PM on Jun. 2, 2013

  • In addition to swelling, protein in the urine, and high blood pressure, preeclampsia symptoms can include:
    Rapid weight gain caused by a significant increase in bodily fluid
    Abdominal pain
    Severe headaches
    Change in reflexes
    Reduced urine or no urine output
    Excessive vomiting and nausea

    You should seek care right away if you have:
    Sudden and new swelling in your face, hands, and eyes (some feet and ankle swelling is normal during pregnancy.)
    Blood pressure greater than 140/90.
    Sudden weight gain over 1 or 2 days
    Abdominal pain, especially in the upper right side
    Severe headaches
    A decrease in urine
    Blurry vision, flashing lights, and floaters

    You can also have preeclampsia and not have any symptoms. That's why it's so important to see your doctor for regular blood pressure checks and urine tests

    ***Source Web MD ***

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:13 PM on Jun. 2, 2013

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    Answer by Crafty26 at 8:44 PM on Jun. 2, 2013

  • Basically, it's high blood pressure that can harm you and your baby.

    Answer by mzlatoya at 12:01 AM on Jun. 3, 2013

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