Not sure exactly what pre-eclampsia is or how to spot it? Here’s what to watch out for.
- Pre-eclampsia is high blood pressure during pregnancy that causes hypertension.
- It is picked up by elevated proteins in the urine (which leak from the kidneys).
- Women with diabetes are at higher risk of pre-eclampsia.
- It usually starts after the 20th week of pregnancy and improves 6 weeks after birth.
- It must be closely monitored as it can result in an early delivery.
- If your blood pressure is above 120/80 you need to see a doctor.
- Type 1 diabetics are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop pre-eclampsia than those without diabetes.
- Your risk of developing pre-eclampsia is higher if you are obese or have a maternal history of high blood pressure.
- Symptoms include: severe headaches, problems with vision, abdominal pain, vomiting, swelling, not feeling your baby’s movement, and feeling ill. Treatment is medication or early delivery.
- Pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and hypertension during pregnancy can increase a woman’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes up to 18 times.