Preeclampsia, which used to be known as toxemia, is a condition that can affect women during pregnancy. The hallmark sign associated with the condition is high blood pressure, even in those who haven’t had problems with blood pressure in the past. There are a number of other symptoms involved in preeclampsia, which we will discuss below.
Preeclampsia is the preliminary form of eclampsia, and if you don’t get the condition treated while it’s still in the preeclampsia stage then things will become much more serious. In the most severe cases, eclampsia can lead to death by seizure or other complications.
Unfortunately, the only way to cure preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. There are a number of reasons why this might not be an ideal option, especially if you are early in your pregnancy. Depending on your presentation, your doctor may be comfortable monitoring your symptoms to prolong the gestational period; however, the situation must be handled with the utmost respect to the potential consequences of preeclampsia and eclampsia. Following childbirth, the symptoms tend to remain for between one to six weeks.
Symptom #1: No Special Symptoms
One of the most difficult things about preeclampsia is that it can be an asymptomatic condition. This means that, despite being very serious, it might not actually cause any symptoms separate from what the mother is already experiencing with her pregnancy.
If this is the case, you might be surprised or displeased if your doctor tells you to rest up in bed. Rest assured that this is usually solid advice, and even if you’re not experiencing a drastic increase in your symptoms it’s probably best for you and your baby to stay rested.