Signs And Causes Of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a form of hypertension disorder that occurs during pregnancy and the postpartum period. It is a rapidly progressive condition that can affect both mother and baby.

Preeclampsia occurs approximately twenty weeks after fertilization or during middle to late pregnancy and up to six weeks in the postpartum period. In some rare cases, it can occur before twenty weeks. Globally, Preeclampsia effects 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year. How does a new mom determine if they have Preeclampsia? Continue reading to discover the warning signs of Preeclampsia.

Unusual Swelling


While swelling is typically part of every pregnancy, especially in the feet, swelling could be a sign of Preeclampsia in the face, around the eyes, or in the hands. Also known as edema, swelling and weight gain is common and is often not always considered a reliable sign of Preeclampsia. However, the swelling can be caused by an accumulation of excess fluid. If a mother-to-be believes her swelling is abnormal, she should consult her doctor and show them a picture of herself before she was pregnant to get an expert opinion if it is a sign of Preeclampsia.

Keep reading to learn how shoulder or abdominal pain can be a sign of this serious medical condition.

Danielle L'Ecuyer