At Risk for Preeclampsia?
If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, or if you already are, consider your risk for preeclampsia. This condition typically starts after the 20th week of pregnancy and causes an increase in blood pressure. Also, protein appears in your urine as a result of kidney problems.
Preeclampsia affects the placenta, and it can affect your kidneys, liver, and brain. This condition can also harm the fetus, since preeclampsia is the leading cause of neonatal complications, which include low birth weight, premature birth, and stillbirth.
There is no proven way to prevent preeclampsia. However, some women have a higher risk for this condition. Those at an elevated risk include:
Women who have chronic hypertension before becoming pregnant.
Women who developed high blood pressure or preeclampsia during a previous pregnancy, especially if these conditions occurred early in the
Women who are obese prior to pregnancy.
Pregnant women under the age of 20 or over the age of 40.
Women who are carrying more than one fetus.
Women with diabetes, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or scleroderma.
Consult your physician if you’re at risk for preeclampsia. Early detection and careful monitoring can help prevent serious complications.