Around this time last year, an organization called Ending Eclampsia held a World Preeclampsia Day 2019 event. This was the second ever event highlighting risk factors and long term complications of preeclampsia. Topics of discussion included the challenges in detection, management, and treatment. You can read more about this important day on the Ending Eclampsia website.
What is Preeclampsia-Eclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a complication during a high risk pregnancy, which is characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to other organ systems. It typically begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy if your blood pressure had been normal. Preeclampsia is a serious condition. If your preeclampsia is left untreated and is not controlled, it can develop a condition called eclampsia. Eclampsia is essentially preeclampsia, but it also is characterized by seizures. If you develop eclampsia, it often becomes necessary to deliver your baby due to its severe consequences for both mom and baby.
Common Symptoms of Preeclampsia
- Severe headaches
- Excess protein in your urine
- Changes in vision
- Decreased urine output
- Nausea or vomiting
- High blood pressure
- Sudden weight gain
- Swelling (particularly in your face and hands)
- Shortness of breath
- Impaired liver function
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it’s essential to have your pregnancy carefully monitored. Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. provides expert treatment for patients with preeclampsia and eclampsia. If you suffer from this condition trust our experts at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. to provide the individualized care to protect your health and the health of your unborn child.