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How To Prevent Eclampsia
Can healthy women with no history of high blood pressure develop pre eclampsia?Is it true epsom salt baths help prevent pre eclampsia?
P.I.H. not "PIG": Pregnancy induced hypertension (pih) can progressed to make one swell and look like a pig(pregnancy induced gondola). Yes, healthy women can develop pih (pre-eclampsia) especially if there diet is unhealthy. Epsom salts contain magnesium which when infused IV can stop pih seizures( but not prevent pih(eclampsia). Epsom salt magnesium is not what is infused at that time. ...Read more
Can I take ic atenolol at 11 weeks of pregnancy to prevent pre-eclampsia? Blood pressure is normal, Cardiac output at the top of normal scale, HR 85.
Pregnancy and BP: Pre-eclampsia features protein in the urine and high blood pressure. Atenolol is a very good BP lowering medication but is not a first choice medication in pregnancy. Labetalol is safer. Preventing pre-eclampsia requires careful diet, low salt, rest, and low stress. Talk to your obstetrician about taking aspirin also. Don't take any medication without OB clearance. ...Read more
Eclampsia: Eclampsia is an acute and life-threatening complication of pregnancy, characterized by the appearance of tonic–clonic seizures, usually in a patient who has developed pre-eclampsia. (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are collectively called hypertensive disorder of pregnancy and toxemia of pregnancy.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Manage symptoms: Intensivists work with the obstetricians in a multidisciplinary, multispecialty collaborative practice team. Major treatment is to treat symptoms and manage preeclampsia. Specific treatment may include control of blood pressure, drugs for seizures. The only real treatment is delivery of the baby; the ICU team helps control the symptoms until the OB believes risk/benefit is in favor of delivery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High BP in pregnancy: Eclampsia is a disease of pregnancy. It usually occurs in the third trimester as a result of severely elevated blood pressure. Preeclampsia occurs first. When recognized the patient is started on IV magnesium which prevents seizures. If the disease gets worse a seizure can occur (eclampsia). This puts the mother and baby at rick. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Don't be: Eeclampsia is an emergent condition that requires hospitalization, delivery, and control of seizures. If you are pregnant and have risk factors for preeclampsia/eeclampsia, see an OB specialist now. To the hospital if you have headaches, visual changes, swelling (edema), nausea or vomiting, hypertension, or abdominal pain. Please don't stay alone if you gave any of these. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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