Preeclampsia Symptoms: 5 Signs To Watch Out For During Pregnancy

Preeclampsia is one of the most dangerous pregnancy complications. It can cause serious health complications and even death to both the mother and her baby. Therefore, it is very important to be aware of the different preeclampsia symptoms.

Preeclampsia generally begins after the 20th week of pregnancy and is thought be caused by insufficient blood supply to the mother's uterus, damaged blood vessels and immune system disorders, according to Mayo Clinic. Modern Mom shared the preeclampsia symptoms that all women should watch out for during their pregnancy.

1. Edema

Edema is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. It involves the swelling of hands and the face caused by water retention in the body.

2. Sudden Weight Gain

Although it is normal for pregnant women to gain weight during pregnancy, it usually happens in a gradual manner. On the other hand, gaining weight due to preeclampsia happens suddenly -- usually a weight gain of two pounds per week.

3. Visual Problems

"The severity of this symptom can range from blurry spots to the temporary loss of vision," Modern Mom shares. "The Preeclampsia Foundation warns that sudden changes in eyesight during pregnancy can signal the presence of swelling in your brain, a symptom of preeclampsia."

4. High Blood Pressure

"Even a slight rise in blood pressure may be a sign of preeclampsia," Mayo Clinic shares. Getting your blood pressure checked every day and calling the doctor immediately for high blood pressure can help detect and treat preeclampsia early.

5. Proteinuria

Proteinuria is also one of the most common preeclampsia symptoms. It refers to the extreme amount of protein in the urine. A decrease in urine amount and a darker color might indicate proteinuria.

Pregnant women should call the doctor as soon as possible if these preeclampsia symptoms are observed. Doing so can mean life and death for both the mother and the baby.

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