Preeclampsia only occurs during pregnancy and is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It’s a serious pregnancy complication that requires a high level of care. If left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to health problems for you and your baby.
If you’ve been diagnosed with preeclampsia, our experienced obstetricians can provide specialty care to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy. Maternity centers at Dignity Health North State are fully equipped with the dedicated staff and advanced technology to treat preeclampsia in Northern California.
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Symptoms of Preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is often diagnosed after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia include:
- High blood pressure (blood pressure greater than 140/90)
- Blurred vision or temporary loss of vision
- Light sensitivity
- Upper abdominal pain
- Swelling in your face and hands
- Too much protein in your urine
What Causes Preeclampsia?
It’s not entirely understood why some pregnant women develop preeclampsia. Several theories exist for the cause of preeclampsia, but recent research suggests biological changes in the placenta, the role of proteins, and hormones.
Although the exact cause of preeclampsia is unknown, there are proven risk factors for developing the condition.
The following factors can increase your risk for preeclampsia:
- History of certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and lupus
- History of kidney disease
- Previous history of preeclampsia
If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor at Dignity Health North State about your risk for preeclampsia.
Caring for Preeclampsia at Dignity Health North State
The only cure for preeclampsia is birth, so your doctor will focus on monitoring and reducing your symptoms while you’re pregnant. Your personalized treatment plan may include medication and lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure. Depending on how far along you are, your doctor may recommend inducing labor.
You can rely on your Dignity Health North State doctor to make an informed treatment decision that’s best for your and your baby’s health.
Dignity Health North State provides support and care for cases of preeclampsia in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.