Pre-eclampsia is a leading complication of pregnancy that affects an estimated 4–5% of pregnancies worldwide. It is defined as the presence of new-onset hypertension (not present before conception), protein in the urine and severe swelling occurring after 20 weeks gestation. Eclampsia is defined as the development of grand mal seizures in a woman with pre-eclampsia.
This condition incurs a large burden of maternal and foetal morbidity and mortality, with the potential to contribute to long-term cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the mother and prematurity of the foetus.
Most women with pre-eclampsia will feel fine during the initial stages of pregnancy which is why regular antenatal check-ups are so important.
Aside from giving birth to the baby and delivery of the placenta, currently there is no cure.
In support of World Pre-eclampsia Day on May 22nd we hope to bring some awareness to the condition and all the expecting mummas who are living it.
Pregnancy Birth Baby (2020) Pre-Eclampsia. Retrieved from https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/pre-eclampsia
Bartsch E., et al (2016) Clinical risk factors for pre-eclampsia determined in early pregnancy: systematic review and meta-analysis of large cohort studies. BMJ 353: i1753. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1753
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