What happens if you have early preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia affects the arteries carrying blood to the placenta. If the placenta doesn’t get enough blood, your baby may receive inadequate blood and oxygen and fewer nutrients. This can lead to slow growth known as fetal growth restriction, low birth weight or preterm birth.
Can you have a mild case of preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia can be categorized as mild or severe. You may be diagnosed with mild preeclampsia if you have high blood pressure plus high levels of protein in your urine. You are diagnosed with severe preeclampsia if you have symptoms of mild preeclampsia plus: Signs of kidney or liver damage (seen in blood work).
Does bed rest help preeclampsia?
When a woman has early, mild preeclampsia, she will need strict bed rest. She should be seen by her doctor every two days. She needs to keep her salt intake at normal levels but drink more water. Staying in bed and lying on her left side will increase her need to urinate.
How early can preeclampsia be diagnosed?
How is preeclampsia diagnosed? At every scheduled visit during your pregnancy, your doctor will check your blood pressure and check your urine for protein. Preeclampsia can occur as early as 20-22 weeks into pregnancy and in some cases, even after delivery.
What you should learn about preeclampsia during pregnancy?
High blood pressure during pregnancy can be dangerous for the mother and baby.
Can preeclampsia come on suddenly?
Preeclampsia is a medical condition in which high blood pressure (hypertension) develops during pregnancy, accompanied by a rise in the amount of protein in the urine. It can develop gradually, but it also can strike suddenly, anytime after the 20 th week of pregnancy but more often in the last month.