Treating Pre-Eclampsia

If left untreated, pre-eclampsia is a condition that can have severe consequences on pregnancies. A condition that is yet to be fully understood, pre-eclampsia is thought to result as a consequence of the abnormal development of the placenta, an organ responsible for allowing the exchange of materials between mother and child. The characteristic early symptoms of this particular disorder are the presence of protein in urine and unusually high blood pressure, which worsen over time and are compounded by further symptoms. This article addresses the treatment of pre-eclampsia, and provides information on what to expect if you have been diagnosed with the condition.

After being diagnosed with pre-eclampsia

The early symptoms of pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure and proteinuria) are diagnosed by means of a blood pressure test and urine test respectively. If you demonstrate both of these symptoms then you can expect to have more antenatal appointments scheduled as your antenatal care team (your midwife and doctor largely) will want to keep an eye on you and the progress of the condition.

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