What is it?

  • Preeclampsia is a problem of pregnancy that has to do with high blood pressure.
  • Another organ system is involved, often the kidneys.
  • It can start after the 20th week of pregnancy in a woman whose blood pressure has been normal.
  • It can lead to problems for you and your baby.
  • The only cure for preeclampsia is having the baby.

What are the signs of preeclampsia?

  • Bad headaches.
  • Changes in vision.
  • Stomach pain, usually under the ribs on the right.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Sudden weight gain in feet or hands.

Sometimes there are no symptoms other than a change in blood pressure, which is why your provider checks your blood pressure at your appointments.

Source: National Library of Medicine