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Treating pre-eclampsia early can prevent its progression to eclampsia, which are seizures caused by severe pre-eclampsia.
Treatment may include:
Delivery of the Baby
The only way to cure pre-eclampsia is to deliver the baby. The decision for delivery depends a combination of factors, such as:
How many weeks along you are in your pregnancy
Condition of the mother and baby
Severity of pre-eclampsia
Risk of other pregnancy complications
Labor may happen naturally or it may be induced. If there are life-threatening circumstances for either the mother or the baby, a cesarean section may be required. During labor, you may need medication to control blood pressure and prevent seizures.
Mild pre-eclampsia can often be managed with rest and medication
the baby is close to term. Your doctor may recommend medications to:
Lower blood pressure
Reduce the risk of convulsions
Help fetal lung development in case the baby is born prematurely
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