How To Identify Preeclampsia?

How to identify preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia sometimes develops without any symptoms. Since high blood pressure is the first sign of preeclampsia, monitoring your blood pressure might be the most efficient way of identifying preeclampsia before you show other symptoms. Other symptoms of preeclampsia include:

  • Excess protein in your urine (proteinuria) or additional signs of kidney problems
  • Severe headaches
  • Changes in vision, including temporary loss of vision, blurred vision or light sensitivity
  • Upper abdominal pain, usually under your ribs on the right side
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Decreased urine output
  • Decreased levels of platelets in your blood (thrombocytopenia)
  • Impaired liver function
  • Shortness of breath, caused by fluid in your lungs

It is noteworthy that swelling, especially on hands and face, and sudden weight gain used to be considered as an important sign for the diagnose of preeclampsia. However, since they also occur with normal pregnancy, their are no longer reagarded as the symptoms of preeclampsia.

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