Pre Eclampsia : Pregnancy Induced Hypertension : Symptoms

Definition
Pre eclampsia, which is also called toxemia, is a problem that occurs in some women during pregnancy. It manifests during the second half
of pregnancy. Affecting at least 5 percent of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure, swelling in the limbs or face, and protein in the urine. The high blood pressure can affect the brain, kidneys, liver, and lungs. If the woman develops seizures or coma, the condition is known as eclampsia.

Symptoms

  • Agitation and confusion.
  • Changes in mental status.
  • Decreased urine output.
  • Headaches.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Pain in the right upper part of the abdomen.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Sudden weight gain over 1 or 2 days.
  • Swelling of the face or hands.
  • Visual impairment.

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