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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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