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 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 arms
If preeclampsia progresses from mild to moderate or severe, you may begin to notice other symptoms, such as:
- Vision changes (blurred vision, seeing double, seeing spots of light)
- Abdominal pain
- Dizziness or faintness
- Ringing in the ears
- Urinating less often
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blood in your vomit or urine
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.