What is preeclampsia and what are the symptoms?

In my other post some of the ladies said I might be getting it. WHAT is it??

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MarlyeGirl

Asked by MarlyeGirl at 1:14 PM on Nov. 9, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.

    http://www.preeclampsia.org/about.asp
    jcsscfam5

    Answer by jcsscfam5 at 1:23 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • It's high blood pressure that results from being pregnant. Some women get it in the third trimester, some have issues with it the entire pregnancy. It's pretty serious and can lead to full-blown eclampsia, which can cause seizures or even death if it's not treated. It causes you to swell and be really uncomfortable, I think because your blood can't pump like it's supposed to or something.

    But yeah, it happens while you're pregnant and it sucks really bad, but if the doctors catch it in time they can treat it =]
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 1:17 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • I got it in my 40th week. It used to be called toximia. I would get dizzy and see stars when I stood up. My midwives treated it with bed rest and a blood pressure medication. It can be very dangerous but if your doctor treats, it should be fine.

    Oh and don't let anyone tell you that you have to have a c-section. I had a doctor insist that I had to have an emergency c-section when I got tot he hospital. My midwife and I refused. I was just on bed rest, took the medication, dimmed the lights, kept things quiet, and no visitors. Basically everything was unstressful and not stimulating. The worst part was that I was bored for three days.
    jcsscfam5

    Answer by jcsscfam5 at 1:28 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • I had it with my last daughter and they think I've got it again. The two biggest indicators are high blood pressure and protein in your urine, but other symptoms are water retention, very fast weight gain (I'm assuming due to the water), seeing stars (another blood pressure thing), chest pain, swelling in your hands, legs, and feet, pitting edema (where you can push into your skin and it dents...mine does on my shins most), and back aches. You're getting to the end, so you might either be just plain uncomfortable and miserable right now, but if you're seeing a lot of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about it next visit.
    kabbot01

    Answer by kabbot01 at 1:57 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • Oh, and I will add that I had to be on bedrest for 2 weeks before they induced me with my daughter (only 3 days before my due date, so no biggie) but I was able to have her vaginally with no problem and all the symptoms pretty much go right away after you give birth.
    kabbot01

    Answer by kabbot01 at 1:59 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • I ended up with it about 3 weeks before my due date. Luckily my body had gone into labor on its own, but i ended up having a 6 day hospital stay. My midwife wanted to give my a blood transfusion but I refused. My daughter was perfectly fine and I had a vaginal birth. It will be ok. Good Luck!
    TiffanyReed

    Answer by TiffanyReed at 2:18 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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