Advice on the causes, symptoms and treatment of pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Your blood pressure is closely monitored throughout pregnancy at antenatal visits. Your doctor, midwife or consultant will let you know if your blood pressure is unusually high and probably suggest complete rest. Some doctors insist on hospitalisation so that your blood pressure can be regularly monitored.

A major reason for this is pre-eclampsia. This is one of the most common problems associated with pregnancy and is generally detected at antenatal visits. It is characterised by high blood pressure, swelling of the hands, ankles or face, and the presence of protein in the urine.

It is vital not to miss any antenatal appointments, especially in the later stages of pregnancy. Though pre-eclampsia in itself generally will not harm you, it is a warning sign.

After your baby is born, the swelling of the feet and hands will go down, your blood pressure will gradually return to normal, and the protein disappears from the urine. But untreated pre-eclampsia may develop into eclampsia, which can be extremely dangerous.

With eclampsia the swelling affects the brain and can cause convulsions. These fits may result in damage to the mother's heart, kidneys, liver and blood-clotting system and can even prove fatal.

Where such fits occur, drugs are administered to control them and artificial respiration is given. The hospital may also decide to deliver the baby by emergency caesarian to save the lives of both mother and baby.

Eclampsia seldom occurs, but it is important to attend all your antenatal sessions.

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hi i had pre eclampsia with my first baby i went full term and by the end i was swollen from my face to foot. My blood pressure was high and had protein at every check up but nothing was done didn't know anything about pre eclampsia i don't remember the labour and was ill after delivery. Wit my 2nd baby my blood pressure was up and had protein again was hospitalised few days before my due date and was induced on my due date. I'm now due on sat wit 3rd baby and had high blood pressure but no protein. With the right care you's will be fine.
by jengilchrist 5th Jun 2009, 9:08am
with my first child i have pre-eclampsia, she was 2lb and came two months early. i am now 8weeks preg with my 2nd child but im worried about this happening again, is this possible???
by nikkitrust81 19th Feb 2009, 10:14am
i lost my baby in may due this terrible situatio. i had UTI and resulted into pre-ecalmpsia so be very very carefull. i am now 6 weeks pregannt and i hope this is not going to happen again.
by Thandos 21st Sep 2007, 8:40am