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30th November, 2012 0 Comments

Worried about Pre-Eclampsia? – Part 2

posted by: mothercare

Eclampsia
This is a rare but serious condition. Thankfully, eclampsia affects very few mums, only one in 2,000. Eclampsia can develop during pregnancy, during birth or even after birth. It is possible to develop eclampsia for up to four weeks after your baby is born, especially if your pre-eclampsia was severe. So even after delivery, mums who have had pre-eclampsia during pregnancy will be closely watched for any signs of the condition developing into eclampsia.

Eclampsia happens when the membranes of your brain (cerebral membranes) become irritated and can lead to seizures or convulsions.  However, if you have been treated and carefully monitored for pre-eclampsia, it is very rare for this type of complication to become so serious that it could threaten your life or your baby’s.

Remember that because your midwife and doctor are watching out so carefully for pre-eclampsia, it is very unlikely to cause you any of these problems. Pre-eclampsia can be treated and managed. That is why it is so important to go all your antenatal appointments. By doing so, you are helping your midwife get swift treatment for you if pre-eclampsia arises.

Will I make a full recovery from pre-eclampsia?
You are very likely to make a full recovery. If you have severe pre-eclampsia you will need to rest and recover in hospital for a few days after your baby's birth to ensure that all is well before going home.

Your blood pressure should return to normal within weeks of giving birth. Routine checks after your baby's birth may reveal that you had high blood pressure before you even became pregnant. If that's the case, you may need to continue with treatment for high blood pressure.

If you had severe pre-eclampsia or eclampsia your doctor or midwife will talk to you about what happened, why it happened and how it may affect any future pregnancies.

Keeping it all in perspective
Pregnancy and childbirth is, more often than not, portrayed in film and TV in a dramatic and sensational way. As a result, this can cause worry and upset to pregnant mums...and dads. Enjoy your TV programmes by all means, but do try and keep it all in perspective. Remember, by far the majority of healthy women nowadays will have a perfectly normal pregnancy and birth, with a healthy baby at the end of it. We are very fortunate in our developed world that the facilities for safe childbirth are readily available. As we all know, this is not the case in other parts of the world where sadly the risks for mothers and babies remain unacceptably high. Yes, complications can develop at any stage of the childbirth process but with high standards of care at hand, many of these complications can be identified and acted upon quickly, greatly reducing the risks to mum and baby. Enjoy your pregnancy.....and your TV dramas!!

Further Information and Advice
Click the links below for further information:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Pre-eclampsia/Pages/Introduction.aspx#close

http://publications.nice.org.uk/high-blood-pressure-in-pregnancy-ifp107


Women seeking further health-related information or advice should in all cases consult a qualified midwife or other appropriately qualified health professional

Click here to read Part 1 of Worried about Pre-Eclampsia?

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