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Risk factors and management of pre eclampsia during pregnancy

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Are all women at higher risk of pre-eclampsia ?

Monday, September 4th, 2017

No, absolutely not.

You are at higher risk if:

  • You are carrying more than one baby
  • You were overweight prior to pregnancy
  • You are under the age of 20 or over 40 years
  • You had high blood pressure in a previous pregnancy

As there is no known way to prevent pre-eclampsia, the best thing you can do is to seek early and regular prenatal care and continue it throughout the pregnancy.

Preventing Pre-eclampsia

If you are overweight, reaching a healthy weight before conception may help lower your chances of suffering from pre-eclampsia.

Management of Pre-eclampsia During Pregnancy

If you are diagnosed with this condition, your doctor may advise you to have the baby at an earlier date. However, if your baby is not fully developed, attempts will be made to manage pre-eclampsia until after 36 weeks of pregnancy at home. In such a situation, your doctor will recommend you to have complete bed rest and medicines to lower your blood pressure, eat less salt drink plenty of water and give your baby time to grow and develop. During this period, your may need to make frequent visit to the doctor to check your blood pressure, urine protein levels and your baby’s well-being. If you are near the end of your pregnancy, your doctor may recommend inducing labour right away.

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