(Toxemia of Pregnancy; Pregnancy-induced Hypertension; Preeclampsia)
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- Pre-eclampsia in a previous pregnancy
- First pregnancy
- Family history, such as a mother and sister who also had the condition
- Carrying multiple babies such as twins
- Chronic high blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Overweight or obese
- Sleep-disordered breathing—abnormal breathing during sleep ranging from snoring to sleep apnea
- History of polycystic ovary syndrome
- Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
- Bloating or water retention
- Noticeably swollen ankles or feet, outside of normal swelling that occurs during pregnancy
- Swelling of the face and upper body
- Vision troubles
- Upper abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling short of breath
- Chest pain
- Urinating less
- Blood pressure measurement to see if blood pressure is 140/90 or higher
- Urine tests to look for elevated protein levels
- Blood tests—to check general body health and kidney and liver function
Delivery of the Baby
- How many weeks along you are in your pregnancy
- Condition of the mother and baby
- Severity of pre-eclampsia
- Risk of other pregnancy complications
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce the risk of convulsions
- Help fetal lung development in case the baby is born prematurely
- Taking frequent blood pressure readings
- Getting plenty of rest
- Obtaining help to prepare meals, do housework, and care for family members
Admission to the Hospital
- Lowering your blood pressure with medication
- Medications to prevent eclampsia
- Monitoring your baby's condition
- Making sure you get enough rest
- Get early and regular prenatal care. Early treatment of pre-eclampsia may prevent eclampsia.
- If you have chronic high blood pressure, keep it under control during pregnancy.
- Get your doctor's approval before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol during pregnancy.
- Eat regular, healthful meals, and take prenatal vitamins.
- Ask your doctor if you should take a daily calcium supplement. In women who have a low calcium intake, supplementation may reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, and premature birth .
- Your doctor may recommend that you take aspirin to lower your risk of pre-eclampsia.
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Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
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- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/09/2014 -
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