What is pre-eclampsia?
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects pregnant women in the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after a baby is delivered.
What are the symptoms?
Early signs include high blood pressure and having protein in the urine. Further symptoms may include swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands, severe headache, vision problems and pain just below the ribs.
What causes pre-eclampsia?
The exact cause of pre-eclampsia is not known and more research needs to be done into the condition. However, it’s thought that there is a link between pre-eclampsia and problems with the placenta.
What is the cure for pre-eclampsia?
There is currently no cure for pre-eclampsia. Delivering the baby is the only ‘cure,’ which is why it is a major cause of preterm birth.
• Pre-eclampsia affects up to 6% of pregnancies in the UK  and 2-8% globally .
• Severe pre-eclampsia pregnancies develop in around 1-2% of UK pregnancies .
• 8-10% of all preterm births result from hypertensive disorders, including pre-eclampsia .
• 1 in 6 women who have had pre-eclampsia will have it again in a future pregnancy .
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