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10 Fast facts about pre-eclampsia

Not sure exactly what pre-eclampsia is or how to spot it? Here’s what to watch out for.

  1. Pre-eclampsia is high blood pressure during pregnancy that causes hypertension.
  2. It is picked up by elevated proteins in the urine (which leak from the kidneys).
  3. Women with diabetes are at higher risk of pre-eclampsia.
  4. It usually starts after the 20th week of pregnancy and improves 6 weeks after birth.
  5. It must be closely monitored as it can result in an early delivery.
  6. If your blood pressure is above 120/80 you need to see a doctor.
  7. Type 1 diabetics are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop pre-eclampsia than those without diabetes.
  8. Your risk of developing pre-eclampsia is higher if you are obese or have a maternal history of high blood pressure.
  9. Symptoms include: severe headaches, problems with vision, abdominal pain, vomiting, swelling, not feeling your baby’s movement, and feeling ill. Treatment is medication or early delivery.
  10. Pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and hypertension during pregnancy can increase a woman’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes up to 18 times.
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