- The patient may require medication to treat her high blood pressure during labor or after delivery. It is unusual to require medication for high blood pressure after six weeks following delivery (unless the patient has a problem with high blood pressure that is unrelated to pregnancy).
- Most likely, during labor (and for a while after delivery) the patient will be given a medication called magnesium sulfate. This is to decrease the chances of the patient having a seizure; in addition magnesium is indicated for severe preeclampsia and in treatment of eclamptic seizures (IV magnesium sulfate).
- If the baby is very premature (less than 34 weeks), the patient may be given a medication called betamethasone to help mature the baby's lungs.
- Medications such as oxytocin (Pitocin) or prostaglandins are given to induce labor and/or ripen the cervix.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2014
Must Read Articles Related to Preeclampsia
Eclampsia, a life-threatening complication of pregnancy, results when a pregnant woman diagnosed with preeclampsia (high blood pressure and protein in the urine...learn more >>
Morning sickness, or vomiting during pregnancy is very common during the first three months of pregnancy. "Morning sickness" does not mean that nausea and vomit...learn more >>
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Preeclampsia: