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What is the first treatnent of pre-eclampsia?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Depends on age: The treatment of preeclampsia depends on the gestational age of the fetus. The goal is to balance what's best for mom and what's best for baby. Around 37 weeks, the baby can be delivered. Earlier than that, mom can simply be monitored for complications as long as preeclampsia is mild. Patients may be given magnesium to prevent seizures and medication to lower blood pressure.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Leg elevation & rest: Elevating your legs higher than your waist will help to move the fluid pooling in your lower legs through the venous system and back to the heart for circulation.Periodically lying on your left side will move the developing fetus off the main venous blood vessel(inferior vena cava) and also recirculate the excess fluid and help to drop elevated blood pressures.
Dr. Brittany Chan
Dr. Brittany Chananswered
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Pre-eclampsia . . .: The only final treatment of pre-eclampsia is delivery. If a woman is within 3 weeks of term, her doctor may consider induction. If she is still early, her doctor will try to prolong the pregnancy as long as it's safe. She'll be monitored through lab tests, ultrasounds, and frequent non-stress tests (monitoring baby's heart rate). She may also receive medications to lower her blood pressure.

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