Preeclampsia and Eclampsia - Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia and eclampsia?

Most women with mild preeclampsia do not have any symptoms. The hallmark signs, as mentioned previously, are the presence of protein in the urine and elevated blood pressure. Swelling of the feet, legs, and hands is also common, but this can occur in normal pregnancy and is not necessarily related to preeclampsia. Women with preeclampsia may experience sudden weight gain over 1 to 2 days.

Other symptoms and signs that can occur with severe preeclampsia are dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, vision changes, changes in reflexes, altered mental state, fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), and a decrease in urine output. Symptoms of eclampsia include those of preeclampsia along with the development of seizures. When seizures occur, they are most often preceded by neurologic symptoms like headache and vision disturbances. Women with severe preeclampsia may have a reduced platelet count (below 100,000).

Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia go away within 1 to 6 weeks after delivery of the baby.

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Comment from: Tricia, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 10

My daughter is in hospital at the moment with preeclampsia. Her symptoms included, severe swelling that wasn't going away, headaches and flashing lights in her eyes, she has a kidney disease (Allport syndrome) but her blood pressure wasn't responding to her medication, right side abdominal pains, vomiting, nose bleeds, cramps in her legs at night. She also suffered with confusion and a feeling of being so lost. She wasn't very well at all. Her ultrasound showed the baby not growing very well (28 weeks gestation) and her placenta wasn't looking too good either. Our fingers are crossed.

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Comment from: countess golden, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I am 32 weeks pregnant. Just within a week, the condition got worse from preeclampsia to eclampsia. My blood pressure kept rising within a space of three hours. I had a severe headache, blurred vision, abdominal pain, edema, vomiting, and wrist pain. Steroids were administered for my baby.

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