Find more information and support about pre-eclampsia.
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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