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Preeclampsia: Can I Lower My Risk?

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Go to prenatal visits. The best way to keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy is to go to all your scheduled prenatal visits so your doctor can check your blood pressure and any other signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. 

Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor will check:

  • Your blood pressure
  • Your blood
  • Levels of protein in your urine
  • How your baby is growing

Track your weight and blood pressure. If you had high blood pressure before you were pregnant, be sure to tell your doctor at your first appointment. Your doctor may want you to track your weight and blood pressure in between visits.

Ease blood pressure. To help ease your blood pressure, you doctor may recommend taking extra calcium or aspirin, or lying on your left side when you rest.

Is There Treatment for Preeclampsia?

If you develop mild preeclampsia, your doctor may want you to be less active. In certain cases you may need medication, bed rest, or hospitalization, especially if you have severe preeclampsia.

Delivery. The only way to stop preeclampsia entirely, though, is to have your baby. To keep you both healthy, your doctor may want to induce labor so you have your baby earlier than your due date. You may need medication to lower your blood pressure when you deliver. 

Depending upon how healthy you and your baby are, your doctor may want you to have a cesarean instead of vaginal delivery.

After delivery. Preeclampsia may require that you to stay in the hospital longer after you give birth. Your blood pressure should return to a normal level a few weeks after you deliver. And preeclampsia usually doesn't increase your risk for high blood pressure in the future.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on July 20, 2014
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