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What causes pre-eclampsia?

It is not known what causes pre-eclampsia. It is thought to occur because of a problem with the placenta, which transfers nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the fetus. There are several factors that may increase the risk of developing pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Women are more likely to develop pre-eclampsia if they are experiencing their first pregnancy, are overweight, have high blood pressure before they get pregnant, or have a close family member who has experienced pre-eclampsia.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 14 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: HELLP syndrome

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