Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors for developing preeclampsia during pregnancy include:
When To Call a Doctor
Someone must call
If you are pregnant and have preeclampsia, your family and friends should know how to help during a seizure.
Seek medical care immediately if you are pregnant and begin to have symptoms of preeclampsia, such as:
If you have mild high blood pressure or mild preeclampsia, you may not have any symptoms. It is important to see a health professional regularly throughout your pregnancy. Your blood pressure will be checked and your urine will be tested at every visit so that any abnormal rise in blood pressure or urinary protein can be easily detected.
Symptoms such as heartburn or swelling in the legs and feet are normal during pregnancy and are not usually symptoms of preeclampsia. You can discuss these symptoms with your doctor or nurse-midwife at your next scheduled prenatal visit. But if swelling occurs along with other symptoms of preeclampsia, contact your doctor immediately.
Who To See
If you have developed high blood pressure and preeclampsia during pregnancy, you can be treated by:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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