Preeclampsia is a disease which occurs only during pregnancy and postpartum which affects both mother and fetus. It affects at least 58% of all pregnancies and is a rapidly progressing condition characterized by high blood pressure (high blood pressure) and the presence of protein in the urine called as proteinuria.  Edema (edema), Hyperreflexia, rapid weight gain, headache, and changes in vision are important symptoms. Possible treatments for preeclampsia include Antihypertensive drugs used to lower blood pressure when blood pressure is dangerously high. Blood pressure in the 140/90 millimetre mercury (mmHg) range is usually not treated. Corticosteroids for severe preeclampsia or HELLP syndrome, corticosteroid drug is used temporarily to improve liver and platelet function, prolonging pregnancy. Corticosteroids can also help your baby's lungs mature within 48 hours. This is an important step in preparing the premature infant for life outside the womb. If you have severe preeclampsia, your doctor may prescribe an anticonvulsant drug, such as magnesium sulphate to prevent the first seizure.

Related Societies/ Associations: Canadian Association of Midwives | International Caesarean Awareness Network | The American Urogynecologic Society | National Aboriginal Council of Midwives | The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine | The Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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