What is Preeclampsia?
Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t, but what is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a disorder of high blood pressure that can occur during pregnancy. It often occurs in the 3rd trimester. It can be very dangerous and lead to seizures and stroke.
Know the Risk Factors
- Previous preeclampsia
- Twin pregnancy
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) prior to pregnancy
- Autoimmune disorders
- Family history of preeclampsia
- Elevated maternal age
- First pregnancy
Know the Warning Signs
- Changes in vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling in the face and hands
- Sudden weight gain
Visit the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology for more information! See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. It’s important to go for regular checkups while pregnant!
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-Written by Paavana Varanasi