Most pregnant persons will hear about preeclampsia at some point in their pregnancy but do many really know what it is?
Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. There are a number of factors that could increase the chance of developing preeclampsia but scientists have not been able to pinpoint an exact cause. Factors such as obesity, expecting multiples, having a history of diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease, or older than age 35 could increase your risk.
Some common symptoms are swelling of face, hands and feet, sudden weight gain, persistent headache, changes in vision. Early detection is your best bet with preeclampsia.
Ask your doctor if you feel you have any symptoms and talk to your Doula to provide you with information prenatally to learn more about this disorder so you can be informed and know what to look for. #preeclampsia #informed #edmontondoulaassociation