Early treatment can help prevent eclampsia, which is seizures caused by severe pre-eclampsia.
You may have:
Delivery of the Baby
The only way to cure this condition is to deliver the baby. The decision to do so depends on many things, such as:
How many weeks along you are in your pregnancy
The health of you and your baby
Severity of the pre-eclampsia
Risk of other problems
Labor may happen on its own or it may be started by your doctor. If there are life-threatening problems for either you or your baby, a cesarean section may be done. During labor, you may need medicine to control your blood pressure and prevent seizures.
Mild pre-eclampsia can often be managed with rest and medicine if the baby is close to term. Your doctor may advise medicines to:
Lower your blood pressure
Lower the risk of seizures
Help the fetus’ lungs develop if there is a chance it may be born too early
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