Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy, characterized by the following signs and symptoms...
There may be other symptoms, which may be present. But the above, are the main key facts of the disease.
The pregnant woman must have been confirmed to have normal blood pressure before conception.
Even though, preeclampsia typically develops during the period after the 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. Please note, it rarely occur before then, and... up to six (6) weeks postpartum...after delivery.
Preeclampsia is the modern term. This disease, also has older terms... formerly known as:
There are TWO MAIN TYPES
There has been recent discoveries and breakthroughs in research, and new guidelines are being formulated by different regulating organizations around the world.
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Causes of Preeclampsia in Pregnancy or toxemia is not well known at the moment. There is intense research going on in this area.
Scientists and researchers believe, pre eclampsia typically develops during the early formation and establishment of the placental blood vessels, when it starts to take root in the wall of the uterus (the womb) of a pregnant woman.
Scientists believe, some abnormality may have developed in which the
blood vessels are not performing as they should reducing the blood flow
and nutrients to the growing fetus in the womb.
This abnormality of the placental development can be attributed to the paternal and maternal genes of the fetus.... because of these, the mom-to-be, may develop a systemic endothelial dysfunction and damage, plus generalized inflammation.
Endothelium is the lining of the blood vessels, like the veins, arteries etc., and regulates and modulates the equilibrium, that is, it ensures everything is working well in the circulatory system.
Any disruption of this important structure, leads to many signs and symptoms of preeclampsia.
Because of these abnormal placental development, there will be:
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Can you have preeclampsia in pregnancy without high blood pressure?
Yes.... this is a short answer.
The bench mark of blood pressure equal or greater than 140/90 is for general population of pregnant women.
Human beings are unique in different ways... you have tall, short, skinny and not too skinny etc.
Sometimes, a blood pressure of 100/60 may be normal for a specific pregnant lady... keep in mind, a blood pressure of 130/76 may be considered HIGH, for her, that is, 30 more of systolic and 15 more of the diastolic blood pressure.
In this case, this pregnant lady, if she has other symptoms of - proteinuria, and this occurs after 20 weeks... may be treated as preeclamptic toxemia.
Severe preeclampsia is a medical state, when the signs and symptoms of this disease is getting worse and the preeclamptic woman is exhibiting the symptoms more profoundly.
Other signs of toxemia, and symptoms of preeclampsia in severe form include:
Preeclampsia risk factors refer to the circumstances or situations that increases your chances of developing pre eclampsia
See all the 17 Preeclampsia risk factors, that your
doctor may not tell you here
The best preeclampsia treatment or toxemia treatment... if possible is the delivery of the baby so that, the actual "cure phase" can start. Keep in mind, pregnant women can still develop eclampsia ... which is essentially... SEIZURE.... even after the birth or delivery of the baby.
Usually, the care and management of high risk pregnancy like preeclamptic toxemia like this, is managed if possible, by the obstetrician gynecologist / pregnancy doctor / and the Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist... who has more than enough experience, training and knowledge in these aspects.
These specialist generally take into cognizance the following:
In very severe preeclampsia... the delivery of the baby is contemplated at the earliest opportunity.
Prevention of preeclampsia is very difficult to achieve, because of different presentations and severity in different pregnant women. Also because there is no clear cut information about its causes.
According to World Health Organization...."" Preeclampsia stands out among the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, for its impact on maternal and neonatal health. It is one of the leading causes of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity worldwide.""
Because what causes Preeclampsia in Pregnancy is not yet fully understood... few options are available for its prevention.