Silent Killer


What is it?

Pre-eclampsia is the most common complication associated with pregnancy. Women with pre-eclampsia have high blood pressure, protein in their urine, and may develop other symptoms and problems. The more severe the pre-eclampsia, the greater the risk of serious complications to both mother and baby.

Alternative names are:
• Pre-Eclamptic Toxaemia (PET) • Toxaemia

  • EPH Gestosis

  • Metabolic Toxaemia of Late Pregnancy.

Who is affected?

Pre-eclampsia affects up to 5% of pregnancies, and severe cases develop in about 1-2% of pregnancies.

There are a number of things that can increase your chances of developing pre-eclampsia, such as:

  • if it is your first pregnancy
  • if you developed the condition during a previous pregnancy
  • if you have a family history of the condition
  • if you are over 40 years old
  • if you are expecting multiple babies (twins or triplets)

Problems affecting the baby

Babies of women with pre-eclampsia tend to develop more slowly in the womb than normal because the condition reduces the amount of nutrients and oxygen passed from the mother to her baby. This means that these babies are often smaller than usual, particularly if the pre-eclampsia occurs before 37 weeks. Some babies of women with pre-eclampsia can even die in the womb and be stillborn. It's estimated that around 1,000 babies die each year because of pre-eclampsia. Most of these babies die because of complications related to early delivery.

Pre Eclampsia - The silent Killer

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