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How common is pre-eclampsia?
Pre-eclampsia is the most common serious complication of pregnancy. In Australia, it is thought to affect around 5-10% of all pregnancies. Of these, around 1-2% of cases are severe and threaten the lives of the mother and her baby.
How will pre-eclampsia affect my baby?
Pre-eclampsia can reduce the blood supply to the placenta, which transfers nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the fetus for growth and development. Having a reduced blood supply can affect the placental function and the fetal growth. In some …
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 …
How can I prevent pre-eclampsia?
There is no known way to prevent pre-eclampsia. Having regular check-ups with a doctor during pregnancy may help to detect the condition early. Getting treatment early and managing the condition is the best way to prevent serious complications of …
What is the treatment for pre-eclampsia?
The treatment for pre-eclampsia may depend on how far along your pregnancy is and how serious your condition is. The only cure for pre-eclampsia is to deliver the baby. Mild cases of pre-eclampsia may be treated with close monitoring of blood …
How do I know if I have pre-eclampsia?
Many women with pre-eclampsia do not experience any symptoms. The condition is usually detected by a doctor during a routine pregnancy check-up, when they measure your blood pressure. If you have a blood pressure reading and your doctor suspects that …
How will pre-eclampsia affect me after my pregnancy?
Pre-eclampsia is usually cured by delivering the baby. Some women who experience pre-eclampsia during their pregnancy may develop high blood pressure later in their life.
What are the signs of having pre-eclampsia?
The main signs of pre-eclampsia are a sudden increase in blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. It is common for pre-eclampsia to develop after week 20 of gestation. Pre-eclampsia can occur without any noticeable symptoms. The …
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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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