Preeclampsia is a serious disorder that can affect many organs (brain, kidneys and/or liver) in your body. Preeclampsia usually happens in the last half of pregnancy. Most often it occurs after 20 weeks. It can also occur up to six weeks after the baby is born.
Preeclampsia can cause:
• Premature delivery
Preeclampsia can cause serious health problems for you and could have lifelong impacts. Women who have had preeclampsia have increased risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke, and high blood pressure.
If you had preeclampsia once, it increases your risk of preeclampsia with future pregnancies.
If you notice any of the symptoms of preeclampsia listed above, you should seek medical attention. Get a ride to your closest emergency room or call 911 and report the symptoms you have been experiencing.
* It is important to let health care providers know if you are pregnant or have recently been pregnant.
Many complications of preeclampsia can be prevented. MNPQC is working to raise awareness of preeclampsia in our communities by using the blue medical alert bands.