Ever heard of or experienced  pre-eclampsia ❓❓❓

PRE-ECLAMPSIA also known as “toxemia”  is a potentially dangerous❌ complication characterized by high blood pressure (the force❣ of blood  against the walls of your arteries) that occurs mostly during pregnancy .

Pre-eclampsia usually begins in  about 20 weeks of pregnancy such that the individual  have increased blood pressure which can stress the heart and  pose a threat to both mother and baby , but if well managed, some might have healthy babies eventually.

In this part of the world , it’s rare  as it occurs in less than 10% of pregnant women but we still need to pay attention to it.  Occurs between the age range of 18 to 60 years.

Some of the  symptoms may include ;

  • High blood pressure 
  • Protein in the urine 
  • Swelling in the legs  
  • Water retention.

This symptoms are closely related to normal pregnancy which makes it a bit difficult ‍♀to distinguish.

Other symptoms to look out for aside the above mentioned includes ; 

  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Consistent headache
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the right upper abdomen
  • Rapid weight gain caused by significant increase in body fluid

Some of the various ways to mange the condition includes ;

  • Pre-eclampsia can often be managed with oral or intravenous (IV) medication until the baby is sufficiently matured to be delivered. 
  • The use of medical procedure  such as labour induction.
  • Medications: The use of dietary supplement  to promote health.
  • Surgery: It can be a cesarean section to help deliver the baby through abdomen instead of  vagina delivery.
  • We also recommend  that seeing a specialist such as the maternal foetal medicine specialist (focuses on medical management of high risk pregnancies).

 However if you feel unusually different from normal , or experience the above mentioned during pregnancy especially around that stage, kindly see a doctor.

Please note that pre-eclampsia can be treated or can go away if properly managed.

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