Preeclampsia Overview

Preeclampsia is a common, yet somewhat dangerous pregnancy disorder that women can get that is marked by high blood pressure and a high level of protein in the urine.  Although the exact cause of preeclampsia is unknown, it is suspected that poor nutrition, high body fat and an insufficient blood flow to the uterus are contributors. Women who have preeclampsia will experience swelling in the feet, legs and hands and may also experience headaches, abdominal pain, a rapid gain in weight, a lack of urine and dizziness.  The only true remedy for this pregnancy disorder is the birth of the baby. For the mother, the time leading up to the birth may be spent on bed rest, on medication or an early c-section delivery might be suggested.

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