Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy - What Happens
Delivery of the baby and placenta is the only "cure"
for preeclampsia. If your condition becomes dangerous enough that delivery is
necessary but you don't go into labor, your doctor will induce labor or
surgically deliver the baby (cesarean section). Unless you have
chronic high blood pressure, your blood pressure should return to normal in a
few days. In severe cases, this can take 6 or more weeks.
The earlier in the pregnancy that
preeclampsia begins and/or the more severe the condition becomes, the greater
the risk of preterm birth, which can cause newborn problems. For more
information, see the topic
An infant born before
37 weeks may have difficulty breathing because of immature lungs (respiratory distress syndrome). A newborn affected by
preeclampsia may also be smaller than normal (intrauterine growth restriction).
This is because of inadequate nutrition from poor blood flow through the