A condition in which one or more convulsions occur in a pregnant woman suffering from high blood pressure, often followed by coma and posing a threat to the health of mother and baby.
Symptoms of eclampsia include:
• Muscle aches and pains
• Severe agitation
Symptoms of preeclampsia include:
• Gaining more than 2 pounds a week
• Nausea and vomiting
• Stomach pain
• Swelling of the hands and face
• Vision problems
• Physical exam to look for causes of seizures.
• Blood pressure and breathing rate will be checked regularly.
Blood and urine tests may be done to check:
• Blood clotting factors
• Uric acid
• Liver function
• Platelet count
• Protein in the urine
The main treatment to prevent severe preeclampsia from progressing to eclampsia is giving birth to the baby. Letting the pregnancy go on can be dangerous for you and the baby.
• Medicine to prevent seizures. (anticonvulsants).
• Medicine to lower high blood pressure. If your blood pressure stays high, delivery may be needed, even if it is before the baby is due.