Preeclampsia usually affects women in their 20th week of pregnancy or when they have just delivered. Unfortunately, the signs of preeclampsia may not be easy to detect for women, but these can be detected during your antenatal appointments.
Some of the signs of preeclampsia
Some of the early signs of preeclampsia include the presence of protein in urine and high blood pressure. For some women, there may be further symptoms like:
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you must speak with your midwife or doctor. Most of these cases are mild but some could be serious leading to complications for both you and your baby if left undiagnosed and untreated. This is why it is important that preeclampsia is diagnosed early on and further, monitored on a regular basis to ensure safety of the mother and baby.
What could increase your chance of preeclampsia?
Mild cases of preeclampsia affect about 6% of all pregnancies while only 1 to 2 percent show serious cases. Some reasons which increase the chances of preeclampsia include:
How should you prepare for your consultation?
If preeclampsia has been diagnosed during your prenatal tests, you will recommended to visit your obstetrician. Here are some pointers which will help you during your consultation: