What Is Preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia, a narrowing of the blood vessels during pregnancy, is a dangerous medical condition. It is most common during a woman's first pregnancy, although it can occur in future pregnancies as well. The only definite cure for this condition is delivering the fetus.
High blood pressure, swelling of the hands and face, and protein in the urine are some of the most common symptoms. Preeclampsia can also affect the fetus, causing complications such as stillbirths, premature births, and low birth weight. Some of the factors that increase your risk for the condition include chronic high blood pressure and obesity prior to pregnancy, as well as having developed high blood pressure or preeclampsia during a previous pregnancy.
(To learn more about this condition and what to expect, click Preeclampsia.)