Pre-eclampsia is a problem that occurs in some women during pregnancy. Blood pressure increases, protein appears in the urine, and organs can be damaged. This usually occurs during the second half of the pregnancy.
Treating pre-eclampsia early can prevent its progression to eclampsia, which is 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 on a combination of factors, such as:
How many weeks along you are in your pregnancy
Condition of you and your baby
Severity of the pre-eclampsia
Risk of other pregnancy complications
Labor may happen naturally or it may be induced. If there are life-threatening circumstances for either you or your baby, a cesarean section may be required. During labor, you may need medication to control your blood pressure and prevent seizures.
Mild pre-eclampsia can often be managed with rest and medication
if the baby is close to term. Your doctor may recommend medications to:
Lower your blood pressure
Reduce the risk of seizures
Help fetal lung development in case of premature labor
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