Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Pre-eclampsia

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Pre-eclampsia & High Blood Pressure

Pre-eclampsia is a serious pregnancy complication typically marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It can cause serious damage to your liver and kidneys and can be dangerous for both mother and baby if left untreated. 

Mild pre-eclampsia can occur in up to 1 in 10 pregnancies, especially in their first pregnancy and if there is a family history of high blood pressure or previous high blood pressure. Severe pre-eclampsia occurs in up to 1 in 100 pregnancies.  

Early detection and treatment are important to prevent complications. Women with pre-eclampsia will need additional visits and blood tests. You may need to monitor your blood pressure at home or cease work earlier, may need treatment with tablets, hospital admission and earlier delivery. 

Risk Factors Associated with Pre-eclampsia

You might be at a higher risk of pre-eclampsia if you have had any of the following: 

How is Pre-eclampsia Treated?

If your pre-eclampsia is mild your OB may recommend you are monitored and advise that you start taking blood pressure medicines. 

The only complete ‘cure’ for pre-eclampsia is the birth of your baby, so in some cases your doctor may recommend inducing labour early to help manage your pre-eclampsia. Your Bloom Women’s Health OB will discuss your best options with you. 

Read more about pre-eclampsia here.

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