Preeclampsia and Eclampsia - Symptoms

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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Preeclampsia?

In addition to swelling, protein in the urine, and high blood pressure, preeclampsia symptoms can include:

  • Rapid weight gain caused by a significant increase in bodily fluid
  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Change in reflexes
  • Reduced urine or no urine output
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive vomiting and nausea

You should seek care right away if you have:

  • Sudden and new swelling in your face, hands, and eyes (some feet and ankle swelling is normal during pregnancy.)
  • Blood pressure greater than 140/90.
  • Sudden weight gain over 1 or 2 days
  • Abdominal pain, especially in the upper right side
  • Severe headaches
  • A decrease in urine
  • Blurry vision, flashing lights, and floaters

You can also have preeclampsia and not have any symptoms. That's why it's so important to see your doctor for regular blood pressure checks and urine tests.

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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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