Seek medical care immediately if you are pregnant and begin to have symptoms of preeclampsia, such as:
- Blurred vision or other vision problems.
- Frequent headaches that are becoming worse or a persistent headache that does not respond to nonprescription pain medicine.
- Pain or tenderness in your belly, especially in the upper right section.
- Weight gain of 2 lb (0.9 kg) or more over a 24-hour period.
- Shoulder, neck, and other upper body pain (this pain starts in the liver).
Symptoms such as heartburn or swelling in the legs and feet are normal during pregnancy. They usually aren't symptoms of preeclampsia. You can discuss these symptoms with your doctor or nurse-midwife at your next scheduled prenatal visit. But if swelling occurs along with other symptoms of preeclampsia, contact your doctor right away.
Who to see
If you get preeclampsia during pregnancy, you can be treated by:
- An obstetrician.
- A family medicine doctor who is experienced in obstetric care.
- A perinatologist.
- A certified nurse-midwife supervised by an obstetrician or a perinatologist.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.