Are you at risk of Preeclampsia

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Are you an expecting Mom? While the joy of impending motherhood is certainly exciting, there’s important information to be aware of as you embark on this incredible journey. Preeclampsia is a syndrome that manifests during pregnancy, characterized by elevated blood pressure and signs of organ damage, typically affecting the heart, liver, and kidneys. This condition is usually identified after the 20th week of pregnancy and can impact both the expectant mother and the developing foetus.

Preeclampsia can be tricky to detect and one should be extra cautious of the symptoms and should not ignore even a small sign of it. Talking openly with the doctor will certainly help to manage the condition positively to ensure maximum protection for the baby and mother, says Dr. Prathima Reddy, Director & Lead Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, SPARSH Hospital, Bangalore.

#Signs and Symptoms:

o Watch out for increased blood pressure (hypertension) often with headaches and visual disturbance.

o There can be swelling of hands and face or sudden weight gain.

o Continuous nausea or vomiting may imply severe preeclampsia.

#Risk Factors:

o These include having a family history of preeclampsia.

o Take heed if you are pregnant with twins or more, as well as if you are suffering from a previously existing illness (high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease and the like).


o The two incidences that come along with it are premature birth and low birth weight of the baby

o In severe instances, it may progress to eclampsia, marked by seizures, thereby posing serious risks to the mother’s life.

#Regular Prenatal Check-ups:

o Regular check-ups will help the physician monitor your blood pressure and preeclampsia symptoms during your visits.

o If preeclampsia is detected early chances are higher for both mother and baby to have a better prognosis.

#Lifestyle Modifications:

o To be in good health, it is necessary to have a balanced diet, especially fruits and vegetables and whole-grain products.

o Engage in physical activity under your physician’s supervision. This could involve following a recommended exercise routine tailored by your doctor.

o Stressed out? Try breathing deeply or signing up for prenatal yoga classes.

#Know When to Seek Help:

o Do not wait, call your doctor immediately if you notice any symptoms that could be worrying

o Preeclampsia can only be effectively managed through emergency medical attention.

#The Power of Support:

Have open conversations with your healthcare team, partner, and family regarding your concerns and the experiences you’ve encountered in this matter.

When a woman is aware of preeclampsia, she is empowered to take proactive steps to ensure the safe and healthy birth of her baby. In the exciting journey of motherhood, the path ahead is one of upward progress. Knowledge is key, so stay informed, remain vigilant, implement lifestyle adjustments, and approach pregnancy with confidence.