Health Concerns & Diseases

Symptoms & Possible Causes of Preeclampsia

Almost 2 weeks ago, my husband and I were shocked by the news that his niece who was 7 months pregnant was rushed to the hospital. We were told that she had preeclampsia and her baby had to be delivered then due to her condition. We thank God that despite the situation, the niece and the baby are now doing well.

I have done some research on what is preeclampsia to satisfy my own questions as to the niece’s condition as well as to hopefully help the readers of Winged Hope. I found helpful information through the internet. Sharing with you some of the information I gathered below:

What is Preeclampsia. Preeclampsia can endanger the lives of both the mother and the baby. It is defined as high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman who previously had normal blood pressure. And the only cure to this condition is the delivery of the baby.

Pregnant women can suffer from preeclampsia. Photo: adamr/
Pregnant women can suffer from preeclampsia. Photo credit: adamr/

Symptoms. How will a pregnant woman know that she may be suffering from preeclampsia? This list of symptoms is from Mayo Clinic:

*High blood pressure or hypertension — 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater — documented on two occasions, at least six hours but no more than seven days apart
*Excess protein in urine
*Severe headaches
*Changes in vision, including temporary loss of vision, blurred vision or light sensitivity
*Upper abdominal pain, usually under your ribs on the right side
*Nausea or vomiting
*Decreased urine output
*Sudden weight gain, typically more than 2 pounds (0.9 kilogram) a week

Swelling or edema also occurs with preeclampsia but it is not a reliable sign since it can also occur in normal pregnancies.

Possible Causes. Possible causes of preeclampsia include: insufficient blood flow to the uterus, damage to the blood vessels, a problem with the immune system and poor diet.

Take Note. A pregnant woman who is experiencing severe headaches, blurred vision or severe pain in the abdomen, should see the doctor immediately or proceed to the emergency room.

One Comment

  • Vicki W

    My youngest daughter is 31 weeks expecting and has been experiencing signs of preeclampsia. I have been researching this constantly since her diagnosis. After one grandchild born 4 weeks pre-mature and spending 10 days in NICU (She was fine, just lungs not fully developed at almost 9 lbs!)……I am praying for a healthy and fully mature Christmas baby. Thank goodness your niece and great niece are doing fine! I never heard of this……way back when my babies were born. Thanks for the info on this!!!

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