Preeclampsia

preeclampsia pregnancy complication

Preeclampsia Pregnancy Complication

What is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a condition that affects pregnant women in their second or third trimester. It is the precursor for a condition called eclampsia, which is where the mother usually begins to have seizures during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth and is extremely dangerous for both mother and child. Preeclampsia pregnancy complication involves high blood pressure and the damage high blood pressure does to the organs. The condition makes the blood vessels constrict, resulting in a decrease of the oxygen and nutrients that flow to vital organs. If not diagnosed and monitored early, preeclampsia can make pregnancy dangerous and make early delivery likely.

Symptoms

Typically, blood pressure and urine are tested at each prenatal care visit. One major sign of preeclampsia is high blood pressure, with protein in the urine. When the condition worsens and develops into eclampsia, symptoms may elevate to migraines, vision problems, and/or abdominal pain. When the condition reaches this level of severity, the doctor should be notified immediately.

Risk Factors

Some pregnant women are at a higher risk of preeclampsia than others. Risk factors include:

  • older age of woman
  • chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease
  • personal or family history of preeclampsia

Treatment

The only way to cure preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. Oftentimes, this means that a premature birth may be necessary. However, the condition can effectively be managed throughout pregnancy with medications that may lower blood pressure, prevent seizures, and help maintain proper organ functions. In severe cases, hospitalization may be required to monitor the preeclampsia and the baby’s health.

Birth Injury Lawyers in Michigan

Early diagnosis and monitoring of preeclampsia is essential for the health of the mother and the child. It is critical that medical professionals test for and recognize preeclampsia in its early stages in order to begin symptom management as early as possible. If you and your child have been injured as a result of preeclampsia and believe that it could have been the result of medical malpractice (doctor neglected to effectively diagnose or treat the condition),  call Thurswell Law at 248-354-2222 to get the monetary compensation you deserve.

(248) 354-2222

1000 Town Center, Suite 500
Southfield, MI 48075

Have a question? Contact Us for Free Case Consultation GET STARTED NOW!