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How Is Preeclampsia Treated In Pregnancy?

How Is Preeclampsia Treated In Pregnancy?

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At Women for Women Obstetrics and Gynecology, our team specializes in helping women get through their high-risk pregnancies. When issues such as preeclampsia develop during your pregnancy, it can undoubtedly be stress-inducing. However, we want you to take solace, and we are well versed in handling this condition and we may offer the treatment that you need. For more information about preeclampsia, and what goes into its treatment, continue reading.

What Is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a complication that takes place during pregnancy that results in high blood pressure and potential damage to your organ system. The organs most commonly affected by this condition are the liver and kidneys. If preeclampsia is not taken care of, it can be fatal to both you and your developing child.  

Symptoms To Watch For 

Catching preeclampsia right away is imperative to eliminate the negative effects this condition can cause. Fortunately, our staff knows what to look for when it comes to diagnosing this condition. If you begin to experience any of the below symptoms, you may need to work with our team for medical intervention:

  • Severe headaches.
  • Upper abdominal pain.
  • Increased amounts of nausea or vomiting.
  • Having excess protein in your urine.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Diminished liver function. 

Causes of Preeclampsia

Throughout pregnancy, many factors can lead to increased blood pressure in an expecting mother. Knowing the differences between manageable high blood pressure and issues such as preeclampsia will help to achieve a faster diagnosis. Doing so will allow professional intervention that is needed to happen promptly. Below are some of the most common causes that can lead to the onset of preeclampsia:

  • Genetic dispositions.
  • Having a compromised immune system.
  • Experiencing damage to your blood vessels.
  • Exhibiting insufficient blood flow to the uterus.

Prevention Methods

At Women for Women Obstetrics and Gynecology, we want to stress that the best form of treatment for preeclampsia is preventing it from taking place altogether. As your child continues to develop, it’s important to give your body the best chance to mitigate the likelihood of conditions like this taking place. Examples of prevention methods you may find beneficial include some of the following:

  • Changing your diet to consume less salt.
  • Limiting the number of calories you intake.
  • Increasing your intake of vitamin D and calcium if you have a deficiency.
  • Taking low-dose aspirin daily.

How Preeclampsia Is Treated

Once you’ve been diagnosed with preeclampsia, the best form of treatment will be to deliver the child. Your high blood pressure needs to be relieved as soon as possible. Otherwise, you increase the risk of suffering from strokes, seizures, placental abruption, and severe bleeding. All of these conditions will be detrimental to both your health and the health of your unborn child.  

However, if it is too soon to deliver the baby, there are other treatment methods we can put in place to limit the potential of complications taking place. Medications such as antihypertensives, corticosteroids, and anticonvulsants may all be prescribed to keep you and your child protected. Bed rest has also been found to be beneficial to women battling preeclampsia. No matter your situation, our team will work to comprise the best treatment plan for you.

Contact Women For Women   

Dealing with complications that arise during pregnancy is impossible to do on your own. That is why when you’re thinking about starting a family, you need to have a team of trusted experts at your side ready to offer the help that you need. At Women for Women Obstetrics and Gynecology, our team of high-risk pregnancy doctors understands the difficulties preeclampsia can cause. To ensure this condition does not develop, consider coming to us for regular check-ins. We’ll monitor your condition, and if necessary, create a viable treatment plan for any issues that arise before your delivery.