Making a Diagnosis

In order to make a diagnosis, the doctor will:
Tests for Preeclampsia
There is no single test to predict or diagnose preeclampsia; however, combined with symptoms, certain blood and urine tests can be helpful in diagnosing preeclampsia. These tests will determine how well the kidneys, liver, and placenta are functioning.
(Click Preeclampsia Diagnosis to learn more about how this condition is diagnosed.)

How Is Preeclampsia Treated?

The only definite cure for preeclampsia is delivering the fetus. But preeclampsia can occur early in pregnancy, which may mean that delivery is not the best treatment option. If so, your healthcare provider may develop a plan with you to try and safely prolong your pregnancy to allow the fetus to develop more, while closely monitoring you for signs that the fetus should be delivered -- even prematurely, if necessary. In this case, the decision of whether or not to deliver can be difficult; it requires that the mother be watched closely (often in the hospital) as a precaution.
(Click Preeclampsia Treatment for a more detailed description of treatment options.)


Currently, there is no definite way to predict which pregnant women will develop preeclampsia and which ones will not. Recent findings from a research study found that abnormal levels of two molecules in the blood may predict the development of preeclampsia, but further research is needed.
In addition, researchers have found that women who were highly insulin-resistant during the early months of pregnancy were more likely to develop preeclampsia later in pregnancy than were women who were not insulin-resistant. Further studies will look at ways of reducing insulin resistance in the early stages of pregnancy as one possible preeclampsia prevention method.
Pregnancy and Pain

What Is Preeclampsia?

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