In recognition of Preeclampsia Awareness Month, we want to share critical information to help you recognize and treat this potentially
life-threatening pregnancy and postpartum condition. Preeclampsia affects approximately 5-8% of pregnancies, and is defined as the combination of having high blood pressure and protein in your urine, generally occurring after 20 weeks gestation. It is a complication that can come on suddenly and advance quickly. If treated promptly upon noticing symptoms or testing positive, preeclampsia can be effectively managed. It's important to familiarize yourself with the most common symptoms so you know when to call your care provider. In general, if at any time during your pregnancy something feels "off," call your doctor or midwife -- that's what they're there for!
Symptoms of Preeclampsia
The following are symptoms of preeclampsia, as outlined by the Preeclampsia Foundation:
- No Symptoms
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (diagnosed during a prenatal appointment)
- Proteinuria (protein in your urine, diagnosed during prenatal appointment)
- Swelling (Edema) (especially in face and hands)
- Headache (that won't go away)
- Nausea or Vomiting (different than "morning sickness")
- Abdominal (stomach area) and/or Shoulder Pain
- Lower back pain
- Sudden Weight Gain
- Changes in Vision (blurry or seeing spots)
- Hyperreflexia (strong reflexes)
- Shortness of breath, anxiety
To learn more, visit Preeclampsia.org or talk with your care provider.
Did you experience preeclampsia during or after your pregnancy? Tell us about it in the comments.