Pre-eclampsia affects only roughly 5-8% of all pregnancies, and while most cases are harmless, it is important to monitor mothers to be, checking for the condition, in case serious complications arise. There is no definite cause of pre-eclampsia, and there is no cure for the condition. The best way to be prepared in case you experience pre-eclampsia is to see Dr. Ayalon regularly for regular prenatal care.
If you are diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and suddenly experience swelling in unusual areas like the face, hands, and eyes; find your blood pressure to exceed 140/90; gain weight over one or two days; have blurry vision, flashing lights, or see floaters, contact Dr. Ayalon immediately for medical care.
Dangers of Pre-Eclampsia
Pre-Eclampsia is one of the leading causes of premature births. It can prevent your baby from receiving enough blood, causing it to be born very small. Complications that may result include learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, vision, and hearing problems. In rare cases, pre-eclampsia can lead to placental abruption, or the separation of the placenta from the uterus. This results in a stillbirth.
With careful monitoring and early detection, pre-eclampsia can be managed to help you deliver your baby safely. To be prepared for treatment of pre-eclampsia and have a better chance of a healthy and safe delivery, be sure to visit Dr. Ayalon regularly for prenatal care. If you have a family history with pre-eclampsia, or have the risk factors associated with the condition, let Dr. Ayalon know at your prenatal appointments. If you experience the symptoms of pre-eclampsia, contact Dr. Ayalon immediately. For more information on pre-eclampsia and what you can do to avoid the condition, call (818) 654-9312.