When a woman is pregnant, there are always some noticeable symptoms. These symptoms include missed period, extreme tiredness, nausea, frequent urination, swollen breast and legs, e.t.c.
If you notice that a pregnant woman has high blood pressure and she has developed swollen legs and face, it is necessary you rush her to the hospital as soon as possible.
This is because uncontrolled high blood pressure can make a pregnant woman to have seizure, go unconscious, lose her baby and also lose her life. This is a medical condition called pre-eclampsia.
Pre-eclampsia happens in pregnant women usually after 5 months of pregnancy.
Its major symptoms include:
1. High blood pressure.
2. Protein in urine.
Other symptoms include:
1. Swollen feet, ankles, face and hands and this is as a result of fluid retention (oedema).
2. Severe headache.
3. Blurred vision.
4. Pains just below the ribs.
Sometimes, there maybe no symptoms at all and this has made the condition very dangerous.
If the pregnant woman happens to have seizure, it is called eclampsia. Eclampsia is a life threatening condition for both mother and child. To save the mother, the child must be taken out of her.
Eclampsia is very rare due to good monitoring but if it ever happens, the woman can die.
The exact cause of pre-eclampsia is not known but it's thought to occur when there's a problem with the placenta (the organ that links the baby's blood supply to that of the mother).
Things that can increase a woman's risk of having pre-eclampsia include:
3. Kidney disease
4. Obesity (especially with BMI more than 35; BMI is Body Mass Index)
5. Being pregnant with twin/triplet
6. Being pregnant after 40 years
7. Taking a break of 10 years after your last pregnancy
8. Having a family member with the condition.
The most important thing to do during pregnancy is to register for antenatal. During the antenatal, make sure you get your blood pressure and urine checked so that if any unnecessary changes are discovered, a medical attention will be given as soon as possible.
This important information was shared on Twitter by an online doctor identified as Dr. Olufumilayo.
Below is a screenshot of one of his tweets:
Photo Credit: Google
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