What is preeclampsia and how does it affect your pregnancy?
WORDS TEO KUAN YEE
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication with symptoms ranging from high blood pressure to signs of damage to your organ system, most often the liver and kidneys. High blood pressure may develop slowly, or it may happen suddenly.
Monitoring your blood pressure is an important part of prenatal care because the first sign of preeclampsia is usually a rise in blood pressure.
Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure have been normal. Even a slight rise in blood pressure may be a sign of preeclampsia although it sometimes develops without any warning signs. However, if the symptoms are ignored, preeclampsia could lead to serious complications for both you and your baby.
As delivery could be the only cure, this could pose a serious challenge if you have preeclampsia during early pregnancy.
Other signs of preeclampsia may include excess protein in your urine, severe headaches, changes in vision such as blurred vision or light sensitivity, upper abdominal pain, reduced urine production and shortness of breath.