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Re: Preclampsia
Jul 21, 2006
[QUOTE=alleycat2]Sorry if I spelled it wrong but I was wondering about it. I know someone who has it and I sort of know a little about it. I know some of the causes or the people who are most likely to get it, like diabetics. I know what it does to the mother but what does it do too the baby? What are the cures? I read that if it is really bad the baby can be delivered anytime from the 24th week and up. If that happens how much of a chance does the baby and Mother have? Will the baby or Mother have problems afterwards? This person is a friend of a friend, so I don't know her that well and I don't want to ask a bunch of questions and upset her anymore than she already is. I just feel so bad for her but I am also very curious! I thought it would be more appropriate to ask here. :confused:[/QUOTE]

Hi alleycat2, The expecting mothers more common to get preeclampsia or Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) are those who have a pre existing problem with hypertension as well as first time pregnancies.

The risk to the baby in mothers with preeclampsia can be IUGR (intrauterine growth retardation) because of a reduced blood supply through the placenta or even oxygen deprivation. Most obstetricians will try conservative management of preeclampsia regardless of the severity when the fetus is between 24 and 28 weeks to give the fetus more time in the uterus. Of course if the preeclampsia is to severe and the obstetrician feels the fetus would fair better outside the uterus, or there is imminent danger to the mother the fetus will be delivered regardless of the gestation. The earlier the gestation the percentage rate of survival for the fetus goes down.

Once a mother is diagnosed with preeclampsia there is no "per se" cure for it, just management until delivery. Most women's blood pressure goes back to normal within 24 hours after delivery. Some can take up to a week. Should the mothers blood pressure remain elevated until her 6 week check-up then the doctor will initiate testing to find out the underlying cause of it. However, again, there is usually no long term effects to the mother or the fetus once delivered. Of course the outcome of the fetus is also going to depend on the gestation he/she was delivered.

Hope this info helped to answer your questions.
Re: Preclampsia
Jul 21, 2006
Preeclampsia usually occurs in first time mom's. I've read that it's been linked to poor nutrition. The only 2 risks to the baby, that I know of are like Alleycat has said, growth retardation and oxygen deprivation.

I developed preeclampsia w/ my first pregnancy and I was eating well and I did not have any diabetic issues. I was put on strict bedrest for a week and it helped me lose some of the water weight. The swelling was horrible though. I ended up being induced 10 days early b/c of it I was also given Magnesium Sulfate to prevent convulsions. Thankfully both myself and the baby were fine. The dr's do a good job of keeping an eye on it and they won't hesitate to induce you if it gets dangerous.

Usually dr's will not attempt a delivery before 24 - 28 weeks. After 28 weeks if the disease is severe the dr's will chose to delivery immediately. But the risks to the baby may be great at that point.

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