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Preeclampsia (cont.)

Preeclampsia Prognosis

Most women will have positive outcomes for their pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia. Some women will continue to have problems with their blood pressure, and will need to be monitored closely after delivery.

Most babies do well. Babies born prematurely usually stay in the hospital longer. A rule of thumb is to expect the baby to stay in the hospital until his or her due date.

Unfortunately, a few women and babies experience life-threatening complications from preeclampsia.

Eclampsia (tonic-clonic seizures or coma during pregnancy or postpartum) is an infrequent complication but it has a mortality (death) rate of about 2% and may severely damage the fetus.

A woman who had preeclampsia near term in one pregnancy has a risk of about 10% for developing preeclampsia in a subsequent pregnancy. Those who had severe preeclampsia have about a 20% risk of preeclampsia in subsequent pregnancies. A second pregnancy with the same father reduced the incidence of preeclampsia, while a subsequent pregnancy with a different father may increase the risk of having preeclampsia again.

Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference. Preeclampsia.

MedscapeReference. Eclampsia.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2014

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