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What is the first treatnent of pre-eclampsia?

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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Brittany Chan
Brittany Chan
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
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