Also known as toxemia, preeclampsia is a condition that affects some women in the second half of pregnancy. The symptoms are: high blood pressure, a swelling that won't go away (no, not your bump! Swelling to the hands, feet, or face), and large amounts of protein in the urine.
Is It Dangerous?
It can be. High blood pressure can kill, and preeclampsia can reduce the amount of blood passing through the placenta thus reducing the air and food that reaches your baby, resulting in low birth weight and other problems.
Who Is Likely To Be At Risk?
Preeclampsia often runs in families, so if your mother or sister had the condition, you will be at risk. As will women who are overweight (a BMI of over 30), or are at either age extreme - teenagers and women over 40. Most at risk are those women who had preeclampsia during a previous pregnancy.
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