Just when you thought you knew it all about your pregnancy, here is something to consider. Although not a new condition, Postpartum Preeclampsia is not one that is talked about a lot. Why? Because it is very rare and usually occurs in Third world countries. Preeclampsia or Hypertension and Swelling, is usually detected during the second half of pregnancy and is closely monitored to insure healthy outcomes for the mother and the child. It is a complication that still takes the lives of 76,000 mothers and half a million babies worldwide.
Sometimes there are no symptoms of high blood pressure or swelling until after childbirth. Most cases of Postpartum Preeclampsia develop within 48 hours of childbirth. However, Postpartum Preeclampsia sometimes develops up to six weeks after childbirth. This is called Postpartum Preeclampsia.
What to look for
Some Symptoms of Postpartum Preeclampsia include:
- Changes in Vision
- Severe Headache
- Protein in Urine
Postpartum preeclampsia may be treated with blood pressure medication and medication to prevent seizures.
Unless new mothers pay close attention to their bodies after childbirth, this condition may not be detected until the mother shows up at a hospital with seizures, a severe headache or any of the above symptoms. Many women attribute being tired or having a headache as their bodies trying to get back to normal. At the first sign of any of these symptoms it is critical to seek medical attention. Complications may include Brain Damage or Death.
Knowledge is power! No one knows your body like you.
Information for this article was compiled from data on WebMd. And the Mayo Clinic. This article is for information purposes only and is not intended for self-diagnoses. Please seek medical advice from your physician. Visit www.preeclampsia.org for more information on this topic