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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Are pre eclampsia, blood clot and AVM only cause of stroke in Pregnancy? Can i get tests done to see how likely a blood clot would develop? AVM?

Are pre eclampsia, blood clot and AVM only cause of stroke in Pregnancy? Can i  get tests done to see how likely a blood clot would develop? AVM?

Stroke in pregnancy: There are many causes of stroke in pregnancy, some unique to being pregnant. The list is quite exhaustive but include all the things that would make young people art risk. Diabetes, HTN, smoking, bleeding disorders, clotting disorders, collagen vascular disease, trauma, cardiac conditions, DVT with paradoxical emboli, hematologic malignancies, inherited disorders of connective tissue, congenital A ...Read more

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I'm 34 weeks pregnant and scared I've got or going to get pre-eclampsia. I have perfect blood pressure, but I get headaches and tightness in hands. ?

I'm 34 weeks pregnant and scared I've got or going to get pre-eclampsia.
I have perfect blood pressure, but I get headaches and tightness in hands. ?

You do have a OB MD?: If you ate currently being treated by a OB MD who is rendering prenatal care, then his/her evaluation will be of great importance. Please let him/her know of your headaches/hand tightness and be reassured that your OB MD will let you know if pre eclampsia is in the offing ...Read more

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Symptoms of pre-eclampsia and how serious it is in pregnancy?

Symptoms of pre-eclampsia and how serious it is in pregnancy?

Preeclampsia.: The typical symptoms of preeclampsia are: nausea/vomiting, visual changes (scotomata), headache, right upper (liver) abdominal pain, photosensitivity, swelling and decreased fetal activity (especially if the fetus is too small). If untreated (delivery, magnesium sulfate), it can lead to eclampsia (epileptic seizures), pulmonary edema, stroke, blindness (temporary), placental abruption, fetal death. ...Read more

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How do I lower bp after pregnancy? Already on meds. And why is it still up? No pre eclampsia but bp did start to creep up at end.

How do I lower bp after pregnancy? Already on meds. And why is it still up? No pre eclampsia but bp did start to creep up at end.

Tincture of Time: Persistent hypertension is fairly common after delivery with pregnancy induced hypertension. It usually resolves after pregnancy. How soon is somewhat variable; anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months. Stay on your medications and keep your appointments. When your blood pressure starts to drop, your doc will probably take you off blood-pressure medications. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What to do if i had pre eclampsia with my first pregnancy will I have it again?

What to do if i had pre eclampsia with my first pregnancy will I have it again?

Possible: The recurrence risk is about 15%. There is no prevention - keep your appointments with your ob/gyn and the pre-eclampsia will be caught early. ...Read more

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Any ideas if I can have a normal pregnancy after having pre eclampsia in the past?

Any ideas if I can have a normal pregnancy after having pre eclampsia in the past?

Possible: There is a tendency to have pre-eclampsia again in next pregnancy especially if it was severe and preterm. It may get worse and earlier in the next pregnancy. However, some patients don't have a recurrence. What I advise is do some pre pregnancy planning because of the possible need for bedrest, hospitalization. ...Read more

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If I had eclampsia last time does that mean i'll probably have a high risk pregnancy for pre-eclampsia this time?

If I had eclampsia last time does that mean i'll probably have a high risk pregnancy for pre-eclampsia this time?

Eclampsia: Eclampsia may recur as pre-eclampsia in another pregnancy. Usually recurrence rates are estimated as about 15%. If you have high blood pressure outside of pregnancy recurrence risks may be higher-about 30%. ...Read more

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Today i was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at the er. I am only 11 weeks pregnant. How is it possible to have at only 11 weeks?

Today i was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at the er. I am only 11 weeks pregnant. How is it possible to have at only 11 weeks?

It is not: By definition preeclampsia can not be diagnosed until after 20 weeks so something is not correct. Perhaps the doctor meant that you had high blood pressure which coincidentally is present when you are pregnant. Schedule a visit and let your obgyn help sort this out. ...Read more

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26 weeks pregnant: blood pressure - 123/70. Is this within range? At what point do I need to worry about pre-eclampsia?

26 weeks pregnant: blood pressure - 123/70.  Is this within range?  At what point do I need to worry about pre-eclampsia?

140/90: The blood pressure criteria for pre-eclampsia is 140/90 however a diagnosis also requires protein in the urine. Nevertheless having high blood pressure alone is also associated with complications so you make sure you continue to consult w/ your OB. ...Read more

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Dr. George Kingsley III
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Eclampsia (Definition)

Eclampsia is a complication of pregnancy in which a pregnant woman suddenly and often unexpectedly has seizures. It may be life threatening. Risk factors for eclampsia in pregnant women include having high blood pressure during pregnancy and having ...Read more