Preeclampsia is pregnancy syndrome that is diagnosed when both hypertension and proteinuria (protein in the urine) are apparent It can happen in any pregnancy, though it is more common in women pregnant with their first child. There are risk factors that increase a woman’s chance of getting preeclampsia, but it can happen to anyone.
Preeclampsia can come about suddenly or remain mild for weeks at a time before accumulating into something more intense. It mainly affects the placenta, although other organs like the liver, brain and platelets can be impacted by the syndrome. Preeclampsia causes a placenta to weaken and causes the delivery of vital blood and nutrients to the placenta and baby to decrease or weaken.
The signs of preeclampsia include:
To learn more, please visit Science & Sensibility: Preeclampsia: Research Roundup and Information for Professionals and Consumers*.
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