Risk factors (things that increase your risk) for preeclampsia include:
Chronic (ongoing) high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, or diabetes.
High blood pressure in a past
pregnancy, especially before week 34.
Personal history of
Family history of preeclampsia.
Being very overweight
at the time of conception.
Being pregnant with more than one baby (such as twins
First pregnancy ever or first-time pregnancy with
Age younger than 21 or older than
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June 04, 2014
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