Preeclampsia - When To Call a Doctor
must call911or other emergency services immediately if you are having a seizure (eclampsia). Eclampsia can lead to a
coma. It is life-threatening to both you and your baby.
If you are pregnant and have preeclampsia, your
family and friends should know
how to help during a seizure.
Seek medical care immediately
if you are pregnant and begin to have symptoms of preeclampsia, such as:
- Blurred vision or other vision
- Frequent headaches that are becoming worse or a
persistent headache that does not respond to nonprescription pain
- Pain or tenderness in your belly, especially in the
upper right section.
- Weight gain of
2 lb (0.9 kg) or more over a
- Shoulder, neck, and other upper body pain (this pain starts
in the liver).
If you have mild high blood pressure or mild preeclampsia,
you may not have any symptoms. It is important to see a health professional
regularly throughout your pregnancy.
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:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.