New Pre-eclampsia Study
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects about 5-10% of pregnant women. Exhibited symptoms of the condition include high blood pressure and high levels of protein in urine. The condition typically occurs after week 32. Early onset pre-eclampsia can begin at week 20. Hypertension is the main complication of pre-eclampsia.
The only way to treat preeclampsia is through delivery of the baby. If you are far enough along in your term, it is not uncommon for your doctor to induce labor. Women who are diagnosed earlier in their pregnancy may be requird to submit to bed rest or take medication to reduce their blood pressure.
Swelling, headaches, blurred vision, and sudden weight gain are symptoms of the condition. It is important to maintain regular prenatal care throughout your pregnancy and be aware of any symptoms you may be exhibiting. Talk with your doctor if you feel you may be at risk for preeclampsia.
A new study conducted in mice found that when a certain gene malfunctioned, the chance of preeclampsia was greatly increased. You can read about the finding at the Washington Post.