Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pre-Eclampsia

A nasty little side affect from being pregnant can be pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia or Toxemia has been seen in about ten percent of all pregnancies, it is a very low number, depending on how many people you consider the poll was taken on. There are risk factors for Pre-eclampsia that affects almost every aged woman, except for those between 21 and 34, leaving the rest of the years open to getting it.

Races might play a factor in determining who gets pre-eclampsia. Every woman of every race under the age of twenty is likely to get pre-eclampsia during their first pregnancy. Women of minority races that are thirty-five and older during their first pregnancy are more prone to getting it than those of major races. If you already are diagnosed with hypertension, you could be at risk of this disease during pregnancy. The other things to be informed about while pregnant is if you have diabetes and are currently pregnant with more than one child, you are at a higher risk than other women.

Signs of pre-eclampsia can range from edema, which is swelling normally found in the feet, extremely high blood pressure (160 is severe), and if there is protein in your urine. Protein shows in urine when the kidneys are not functioning properly as filters, and it allows an opening for the protein to travel into the urine, it repairs after delivery without help.

The cause of pre-eclampsia is unknown; however, the only known way to treat it is by delivering both the baby and placenta. If a pregnant woman is diagnosed with it, she will be put on bed rest and be watched over carefully to make sure her condition does not get worse. Often in cases of pre-eclampsia, the woman has to be induced, and with more severe circumstances, birth might be done by an emergency cesarean. If it is diagnosed early in the pregnancy, there is a possibility that it might worsen over time and the baby might be premature.

There are a few ways that have proven valuable to prevent pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, one of these is drinking a lot of milk or taking calcium supplements. Even though doctors recommend against taking aspirin while pregnant, some studies have shown that a low dose of it can help keep the chemicals balanced in the placenta.

A common way that all pregnant women can prevent damage to their unborn baby is by seeing their caregiver on routine checkups throughout the pregnancy. Making sure all of your tests are done and in order can help decrease the risk of problems happening during your pregnancy.

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