Unfortunately, pre-eclampsia is condition that is not fully understood, but may be caused by a defect in the placenta. This interferes with the flow of blood and nutrients to your baby, affecting their growth and your health.
By monitoring you regularly, your midwife will be able to pick up signs of pre-eclampsia and you should trust your medical team to spot it during your regular check-ups.
However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical help immediately:
Although the causes of pre-eclampsia are not fully understood, there are known factors that can put some women more at risk than others:
Since one of the risk factors is obesity, some experts say that following a healthy, balanced diet – in turn reducing your BMI– can help reduce the risk of developing pre-eclampsia, and also control the severity of the disease.
It’s not about going on a ‘diet’ though; it’s about making some small changes that could make a big difference.
Mild pre-eclampsia does not always need treatment, and regular check-ups on you and your baby’s health may be all that’s needed.
If you are diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia, you will need lots of rest and you may need to spend time in hospital. Your body signs will be monitored, and you’ll have regular scans to keep an eye on your baby’s growth and development. In some cases you may need medication to manage your blood pressure and other factors.
If you are at risk, then you may have to be induced or have your baby delivered by caesarean section– but this is rare and only happens in the most serious cases.