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Preeclampsia (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Seek medical care if you are pregnant and you:

  • Have any questions about either your health or your baby's health
  • Have a severe or persistent headache or any visual disturbance (such as double vision or seeing spots)
  • Have severe pain in the middle of your belly or on the right side of your belly under your ribs
  • Notice any unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Notice excessive swelling or weight gain
  • Your baby has decreased its movements
  • Have any vaginal bleeding or cramping

Elevated blood pressure is the usual finding that indicates mild preeclampsia, and is considered to occur when the blood pressure is equal to 140/90 on two measurements, at least six hours apart without any evidence of organ damage.

Markedly elevated blood pressure often exists with severe preeclampsia, and is considered to occur when blood pressure measures at or above 160/110 twice, at least six hours between measurements; also there are other criteria that suggest severe preeclampsia (for example, pulmonary edema, severe proteinura, oliguria (decreased urine flow), liver damage, and others).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/23/2015

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