Understanding Preeclampsia (Heart Health)
Preeclampsia is a condition that affects women during pregnancy. It typically starts after the 20th week. Higher blood pressure and protein in the urine (as a result of kidney problems) are two of the most significant symptoms.
Preeclampsia affects the placenta, and it can affect the mother’s kidney, liver, and brain. When preeclampsia causes seizures, the condition is known as eclampsia. This is the second leading cause of maternal death in the United States. Preeclampsia is also a leading cause of complications during pregnancy, including low birth weight, premature birth, and stillbirth.
There is no proven way to prevent preeclampsia. Most women who develop signs of preeclampsia, however, are closely monitored to lessen or avoid related problems. The condition goes away when the baby is born.