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May is Pre Acalampsia Awareness Month and for any expectant mum knowing the signs and symptoms of Pre Eclampsia is for both mum and baby sometimes life threatening.
Pre Eclampsia only occurs in pregnancy and the postpartum period. It is a progressive condition and can deteriorate suddenly. It is detected by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine, and this will normally be picked up at routine midwife appointments
Severe pre-eclampsia, can be fatal to mother, baby or both. It can only be managed with medication up to a point – the ONLY cure for pre-eclampsia is delivery of the baby, and if it develops too early in pregnancy, it is clear to see how pre-eclampsia is responsible for 15% of all pre-term births in the UK
Signs and Symptoms
Swelling of the hands and face, especially around the eyes (swollen feet or ankles are very common in later pregnancy and aren’t necessarily a sign of pre-eclampsia)
Weight gain of more than 5lbs in a week
A severe headache that won’t go away with painkillers
Changes in vision such as seeing spots or flashing lights, or any loss of vision (if you have ever been unfortunate enough to have a migraine with aura, it is similar to this)
Nausea or throwing up, often suddenly, in mid to late pregnancy (this is different to the ‘morning sickness’ common in early pregnancy)
Upper abdominal pain, sometimes mistaken for indigestion
Difficulty breathing, gasping or panting
If any of this symptoms present themselves, contact your midwife as soon as possible.