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Understanding Preeclampsia and Eclampsia -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Preeclampsia and Eclampsia?

You may not notice an increase in blood pressure during pregnancy until it's dangerously high. So, it's critical for all pregnant women have regular scheduled visits with their obstetrician and to watch for symptoms of preeclampsia, which include:

  • Rapid weight gain of 2 to 5 pounds in a single week
  • Swelling of the face or extremities, especially hands

If preeclampsia progresses to severe, you may begin to notice other symptoms, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Vision changes (blurred vision, seeing double, seeing spots of light)
  • Abdominal pain, especially in the upper right or mid abdomen
  • Urinating less often
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Seizures


Call Your Doctor About Preeclampsia If:

You notice any of the preeclampsia symptoms listed above.

Women who already have hypertension are also at risk for developing preeclampsia. They may notice a worsening of their high blood pressure, or the health care provider may notice the sudden onset of protein in the urine.


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on April 10, 2014

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