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A 30-year-old member asked:

Had a baby a week ago 5 weeks early because i had pre eclampsia. why couldnt they wait?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Bergman
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 38 years experience
Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a disease of pregnancy that progressively gets worse over time. The cure is delivery. Depending upon the symptoms and the severity of the process as well as how far pregnant a women is determines management which at times can be conservative or at times merits immediate delivery. If the process becomes severe there is risk to both the mother and the unborn fetus.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Death/damage: It is hard to comment without all the facts to review. They might have had a few hours to wait, but why take the risk.As others have noted, this is a potentially deadly problem.If allowed to go unchecked, you could go into seizures, have a stroke and die as would baby. It is hard to do an emergency c-section on a seizing/stroking patient. They weigh the risks/benefits and proceed.Be thankful.
Last updated Oct 13, 2016


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