Eclampsia (Seizures) and Preeclampsia
Eclampsia is pregnancy-related seizure activity that is caused by severe preeclampsia. Less than 1% of women who have preeclampsia experience seizures.1 Eclampsia is life-threatening for both a mother and her fetus. During a seizure, the oxygen supply to the fetus is drastically reduced.
Sudden seizures can occur before, during, or (rarely) up to 6 weeks after delivery (postpartum). Postpartum seizures are most common during the first 48 hours after delivery.
Magnesium sulfate is a medicine used to treat women who have eclampsia and to prevent seizures in women who have preeclampsia.
What happens during a seizure
A woman with eclampsia has a type of seizure called a grand mal seizure, which begins with a sudden loss of consciousness.
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