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What are the symptoms of preeclampsia?

Symptoms of preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening rise in blood pressure after the 20th week of pregnancy, may include:
  • sharp rise in blood pressure
  • protein in the urine (which might indicate that organs such as the kidneys and liver might not be working properly)
  • severe headaches
  • vision changes (e.g., blurriness, sensitivity to light, flashing lights)
  • pain in the upper right abdomen
  • nausea or vomiting
  • dizziness
  • nervousness
  • red dots appearing like a rash on the skin (petechiae)
  • swelling in the legs, hands and face
  • sudden weight gain (two to five pounds in one week)
If you experience any of these symptoms after your 20th week of pregnancy, call your doctor right away. Your doctor may want to monitor you closely in the hospital to make sure you and your baby stay out of danger of more serious complications. Some women with preeclampsia do not experience any symptoms, however, which is another reason why regular checkups are so important in pregnancy. 

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