Preeclampsia is a serious medical condition for pregnant women that must be treated and addressed with great care and expertise. Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to other organs. At every prenatal appointment, women’s blood pressure rates are taken to ensure that no rise is evident. Even a slight rise in a pregnant woman’s blood pressure can be a sign of preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia must be treated in order to protect the health of the expectant mother and her growing baby. Women with high blood pressure will have to be monitored very closely throughout their pregnancy and decisions will often need to be made on a short time table. The only cure for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. This often causes many women to need to be induced or undergo an early cesarean because the health of the mother and baby is compromised. The growing baby does need time to mature, but with modern medicine, your baby will often do much better outside the womb than inside if preeclampsia is present.
Sudden weight gain and swelling are common signs of preeclampsia, and they should never be ignored. Nausea or vomiting, severe headaches, upper abdominal pain, shortness of breath, and decreased urine output are also signs that high blood pressure is an issue. If you have any severe headaches with or without blurred vision or the onset of swelling, contact your doctor immediately or go directly to the ER.
At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., we provide complete obstetrical care, including high risk obstetrics for residents in Marietta and the surrounding areas. Our experienced physicians and dedicated staff offer everything you need to support your pregnancy. Preeclampsia requires careful and individualized care to protect your health and the health of your unborn child.
Please contact our practice with any of your concerns. If you are looking for an OB/GYN that you can trust for expert care and treatment of preeclampsia, contact Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. today.