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What Term Is Also Known As Toxemia Of Pregnancy
Familial: The pathogenic mechanisms underlying pre-eclampsia remain to be elucidated; however, immune maladaptation, inadequate placental development and trophoblast invasion, placental ischaemia, oxidative stress and thrombosis are all thought to represent key factors in the development of disease. Furthermore, all of these components have genetic factors that may be involved in the pathogenic changes. ...Read more
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
My pal, age 30, had toxemia 2 years ago (first pregnancy), the baby was delivered too early, he died. Now she's pregnant again, what should she do?
At risk.: Should see doc at earliest convenience. She will be a high risk pregnancy and will be monitored closely. ...Read more
Very Important: To follow your doctor's instructions to the letter. Keep all of your appointments and be sure to let your doctor know if anything changes. Get plenty of rest, do not exert yourself. ...Read more
Danger: Preeclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy. It consists of retained fluids, high blood pressure and the kidneys not being able to control protein loss. Delivery is the cure. Medications can be used to stabilize the event and to gain a little lung maturation time. The greatest complication is a seizure and transient liver damage. ...Read more
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
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
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
What happens if you had preeclampsia with a previous child/ pregnancy is it safe to have another child?
Yes, and at your age: You will be classified as a "high risk" pregnancy and closely monitored by your OB or turned over to the perinatologist! If you are in good health you should be in good hands. Good luck! ...Read more
I had preeclampsia with my last pregnancy. What''s the chance of me getting it again with this pregnancy and is there anything I can do to prevent it?
Pre eclampsia: If the pre eclampsia you had was mild and you were delivered at term recurrence risk is 5%. If you had severe pre eclampsia the risk is greater, and if you were delivered by 30 weeks because of it the risk is 70%. No clear way to prevent but adequate calcium - 1200 mg a day helps. Possibly 1 baby asa a day after 12 wks but check with your doc. ...Read more
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
If I had eclampsia last time does that mean i'll probably have a high risk pregnancy for pre-eclampsia this time?
I had preeclampsia with my previous 2 pregnancies, same father. It was worse the 2nd time. I am 8wks preg now but by a new father, will I get it again?
Probably, yes: It's not the father's issues, but yours as the mother that repeats the pre-eclampsia. Please stay in close contact with your OB MD's appointments and let him/her know of your previous problems with pregnancies, although this should be in your history. ...Read more
Pre-eclampsia: Pre-eclampsia is more common in first pregnancies. Recurrence risk is about 15%. Recurrence may be higher if you have high blood pressure outside of pregnancy or if you have a multiple gestation. Most obstetricians manage a patient with a history of pre-eclampsia without the help of a high risk specialist. ...Read more
I had severe preeclampsia with my first pregnancy. What is the chance I will have it again in a second pregnancy?
Yes: For sure. Do what your OB tells you to do. (that's why they earn the big bucks). ...Read more
Probably yes: Preecclampsia has a long list of complications and affects multiple organ systems including heart. The symptoms generally abate after 2-3 months and require reassessment from OB for a referral to specialist as indicated. ...Read more
What is my percent of a chance I will get preeclampsia or blood clots in pregnancy if I got no risk factors? 50% chance or less?
Way less!: The chance of getting pre-eclampsia is 7.5% worldwide. (7.5 per 100) Risk varies somewhat by country. In Canada the risk is probably slightly lower. The risk for a blood lot is. 0625% (1 in 1600). Its not that common. Best wishes ...Read more
If I had severe preeclampsia during my last pregnancy and induced at 33 weeks does that mean ill be labeled high risky next pregnancy?
Talk to your doctor.: There are significant risks associated with preeclampsia and high blood pressure in pregnancy. Sometimes blood pressure medicine is needed, but not always. Patients need to be closely followed with visits and also labs. Some patients need to be delivered early depending on the severity of the disease. Talk to your doctor and follow the directions that they give you. ...Read more
For high blood pressure and other symptoms of preeclampsia, what can I do to prolong the pregnancy?
High blood pressure: For high blood pressure anything that you can do to lower your blood pressure will help. Things such as lying in bed, relaxing, remaining calm will help, in addition avoiding salty foods and those with caffeine will also help. The only treatment for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby before other symptoms develop. ...Read more
Is there a way to keep blood pressure normal during pregnancy? I have proteinurua. Anything I can do to prevent preeclampsia?
Speak with OB: This is a very important topic. You can not take ace inhibitors or arb drugs (which reduce protenuria and decrease bp) during pregnancy. You may have to see a high risk pregnancy OB physician for a consult. ...Read more
If your healthy what are the chances of getting pre eclampsia or blood clots and dying during pregnancy or after giving birth?
Not likely: If healthy, and you eat well, keep active, take prenatal vitamins and have regular prenatal checks, while pregnant, you are not at risk for clots or pre eclampsia. Also, your chances of dying are about zero. Would you like to have a baby? Are you afraid? Looks like you have done some research. Why not talk to your dr about your concerns. Good luck to you. Dr. Mom. ...Read more
Ill be 4 weeks pregnant on the 21st. My last pregnancy was severe pre-eclampsia and placental abruption. Is it possible I could get it again?
That is possible: U are considered high risk.Get a more detailed answer ›
What precent of pregnancies get preeclampsia, blood clots and stroke? I was a preemie and worry because of that I'm exposed to increase chance
Small: Rates of pre-eclampsia are fairly small - around 3-4%. While pre-eclampsia is a risk factor for stroke, actual chance of having a stroke is very small. Available data indicate 11-30 cases of stroke per 100, 000 deliveries. Pre-eclampsia a well-recongnized condition and can be effectively controlled. You should let your doctor know about your concerns and let them follow you closely. ...Read more
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
I have MultiCystic Dysplastic Kidney Disease, what complications involving pregnancy should I be aware of (Difficulty getting pregnant, preeclampsia etc?
I'm 11 weeks and was told I was showing sign of preeclampsia. Is this possible this early? I went to the doctors recently for a check up on my pregnancy. I'm 11 weeks now and having major concerns about my health. I was diagnosed with sinus arrhythmia and w
Hello.: Hello. My understanding is that preeclampsia is defined as the new onset of elevated blood pressure and protein in the urine after 20 weeks of gestation. It often develops during the second half of a pregnancy or up to 6 weeks after the birth. It may be detected through blood pressure elevation and evaluation of blood/urine in the early stages. If you feel that nurse is being less than professional and the doctor is not willing to address it; you can talk to the medical facility's patient contact representative who is there to assist with this type of situation. I am sorry, I don't have a recommendatio for the urine sample problem. Congratulations on your pregnancy. ...Read more
Is it safe to use KY his and hers lubricant during pregnancy? The box says avoid use if pregnant or breastfeeding unless prescribed by Doctor. I have preeclampsia and just want to be safe.
Lubricants: Lubricants such as KY jelly are safe for use in pregnancy. You need to clarify with your doctor what your treatment plan is for preeclampsia. This is a much bigger issue. Usually people are on bedrest, in the hospital or require delivery when they have preeclampsia. You probably are not supposed to be having sex if sick with this disease. ...Read more