Pre-eclampsia affects up to 6% of pregnancies in the UK.
Severe pre-eclampsia develops 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.
What are the symptoms?
Early signs of pre-eclampsia 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?
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'You have severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome, we are going to have to deliver your baby tonight.'
Lynsey and Mark Bell’s baby Rory was born sleeping after she suffered severe pre-eclampsia.
I was 25 weeks pregnant and my story, like many others, starts with a routine appointment with the midwife. Until she asked me to pop back the week after and just get my blood pressure checked again.