Complications – Preeclampsia
The disease typically occurs late in the second trimester or beyond. First pregnancies are more at risk. You are also more at risk if you have had the disease before. Oftentimes, your blood pressure will increase and you may spill protein into your urine. Other symptoms to watch for include severe headaches that donʼt resolve with Tylenol or rest, blind spots in your vision, or constant nagging upper abdominal pain.
If you develop mild preeclampsia and are preterm, your doctor may advise close observation and bed-rest. Depending on the severity of the disease and your gestational age, delivery might be recommended. Delivery is the cure for preeclampsia, but the benefits of delivery need to be weighed against the risk of early delivery. This is your doctorʼs job and she will discuss her recommendations and reasons with you and your family.