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Understanding preeclampsia

Rhode Island parents looking forward to the births of their babies should be able to enjoy the nine months of pregnancy with anticipated delight. However, the reality always exists that some type of medical problem can develop. In the ideal world, such problems will be found and treated with proper prenatal care and checkups. When that does not happen, mothers and babies alike can find themselves at risk for serious injuries.

Preeclampsia is one condition that may affect as many as eight percent of pregnancies according to the American Pregnancy Association. The danger with preeclampsia is that the blood flow from mother to baby can become compromised. This, in turn, can reduce the amount of nutrition and oxygen that the baby receives. Symptoms of preeclampsia include water retention, high protein levels in the mother’s urine and high blood pressure. Headaches, abdominal pain and blurring of vision may be more serious symptoms.

Treatment for preeclampsia may vary depending upon the severity and the term status of the pregnancy. Mothers may be directed to rest, drink more water and eat more high-protein foods. In addition to low birth weight, a placental abruption is another risk associated with preeclampsia. WebMD explains that a placental abruption occurs when the placenta becomes separated from the uterine wall.

Some signs of a placental abruption include vaginal bleeding, reduced movement of a baby, early signs of labor, pain in the uterus or a rigid quality to the uterus.

Expectant mothers should always be prepared to be proactive in seeking medical care during their pregnancies. Taking action promptly when a problem happens can make a difference in the health of babies.


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