20 Apr

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnant women who have high blood pressure and high amounts of protein within their urine. Preeclampsia can be tricky to early diagnose, as it can develop gradually and move from mild to severe suddenly. Preeclampsia is monitored generally after 20 weeks of pregnancy. If you do not have hypertension prior to pregnancy, symptoms include, along with high blood pressure {140/90} and blood in your urine; changes in vision, nausea, vomiting, decreased urination, sudden weight gain, severe headaches, and upper abdominal pain.

Some risk for Preeclampsia include: past history, excessive weight, age, number of pregnancies, and gestational diabetes.  Possible causes of include, poor diet, compromised immune system, insufficient blood flow to the uterus, and damaged blood vessels. The best way to check for preeclampsia other than monitoring blood pressure is testing urine. Urine test are done by urine test strips. These strips can test for bilirubin, blood, glucose, ketones, leukocytes, nitrites, pH, and Urobilinogen in the urine.

Preeclampsia can be problematic because it can prevent the uterus from receiving enough blood. This can cause underweight babies to be born, as well cause premature deaths and developmental issues. Unfortunately, the only cure to the problem is birth of the baby.

For more infomation regarding preeclampsia please visit:http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/preeclampsia/DS00583

April B.