What is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is new high blood pressure after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It usually goes away after your give birth.

Not all high blood pressure is preeclampsia. In some women, blood pressure goes up very high in the second or third trimester. This is sometimes called gestational hypertension, and it can lead to preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia can be dangerous for the mother and baby. It can keep the baby from getting enough blood and oxygen. It can also harm the mother’s liver, kidneys, and brain. Women with very bad preeclampsia can have dangerous seizures, which is called eclampsia.

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