Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs during pregnancy and affects both the mother and the fetus. It is a condition that comes rapidly and is diagnosed by elevated blood pressure, swelling of the face and feet, and when protein is found in urine.
of premature births are caused by preeclampsia.
of all maternal deaths are caused by preeclampsia
The exact cause of preeclampsia is not really known, experts believe it’s because of the placenta.
Early in the pregnancy new blood vessels are formed in the placenta, but women with preeclampsia these blood vessels don't develop correctly or function properly, causing problems with pregnancy. These blood vessels are more narrow than most blood vessels so blood has a hard time getting through to where it needs to go.
Preeclampsia has many different symptoms and they are unpredictable
- Severe Headaches
- Changes in vision, could have loss of vision, blurred vision or light sensitivity
- Excessive protein in urine or signs of other kidney problems
- Upper abdominal pain usually on the right side and under the ribs
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath caused by fluid in your lungs
- Sudden weight gain and swelling (hands and face)