Pre-eclampsia is a complication that starts after the 20th week of pregnancy. It is one of the main causes of concern in pregnant women as this severe form of hypertension may induce labour very early. Gestational hypertension may present as high blood pressure alone or accompanied with other conditions such as protein in the urine, swelling and even convulsions. Other symptoms include rapid weight gain of 4-5 lbs in a week, severe headache, blurred vision and severe pain in the stomach under the ribs.
The condition can be detected during antenatal visits and should be treated and monitored appropriately. During a routine check-up your doctor will check your blood pressure, urine levels, and may order blood tests that can indicate preeclampsia.
In severe cases, your doctor may want your baby to be delivered early. It is important to remember that hypertension during pregnancy can be a serious condition and should be taken care of in order to prevent further complications. If left untreated, this condition can cause serious problems for both you and your baby. Pre-eclampsia can cause placental abruption. If left untreated, this condition can cause serious problems for both you and your baby. PIH can cause placental abruption (premature detachment of the placenta from the uterus),less blood flow to the placenta and seizures. Complications in your baby may include premature birth, low birth weight, stillbirth or growth restriction.