The Effects Of Preeclampsia And How It Can Negatively Impact A Pregnancy

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Preeclampsia is a potentially deadly condition that typically occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy, in either the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters. It is most simply defined as a condition where a pregnant woman develops protein in their urine, due to organ damage (most often the kidneys) and high blood pressure during late pregnancy. Thankfully, the condition isn’t too common, as it presently effects in anywhere from 3 to 7% of all pregnancies, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Read to below to learn more about preeclampsia and how it can negatively impact a pregnancy:
Typical Symptoms of Preeclampsia:
Women who have preeclampsia often do not realize they are sick, as they don’t feel all that bad. Some of the symptoms of mild preeclampsia include,
Sudden weight gain of over the course of one to two days of more than 2 lbs.
Swelling of eyes, known as edema, face and the hands.
Symptoms associated with a more severe form of preeclampsia, can include the following:
Trouble breathing.
Not urinating often, decrease in urine output.
Headache that won’t go away.
Vomiting and nausea.
Pain in the belly region, below the ribs, on the right side. It is also sometimes felt in the right shoulder. This symptom is often mistaken for other conditions or happenings, like kicking by the baby, a stomach virus, gallbladder pain or heartburn.
Changes in vision, often including blurry vision, a sensitivity to light, seeing spots or flashing lights and even temporary blindness.…
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