I felt really lucky to have a pregnancy free of complications, but I know not all mamas do. One worry you read about in all of those pregnancy books and online is preeclampsia (or pregnancy-induced hypertension), a condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. It occurs in at least 5 - 8 percent of all pregnancies, and it poses a threat to both you and your baby.
Could you have it? Here are the signs to look for.
The condition doesn't usually affect women prone to the condition (these can include first-time moms, teen moms, women over 40, carrying multiples, or who already have high blood pressure) until after the 20th week of pregnancy.
-- high blood pressure
-- severe headaches
-- changes in vision
-- upper abdominal pain
-- nausea or vomiting
-- decreased urine output
If you experience any of the above, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. And if you have general questions or concerns about preeclampsia, be sure to address them with your doc.
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Do you have preeclampsia? How was it diagnosed and how has it affected your pregnancy?