The mother may also receive medication to bring her blood pressure down if it is severely elevated, and receive corticosteroids to help mature the baby’s lungs if the baby is premature. Magnesium sulfate might also be given before and after delivery to protect against the development of seizures.
WHAT TO KEEP IN MIND:
Many of the signs of preeclampsia such as headaches, abdominal pain and swelling are also common symptoms of normal, unaffected pregnancies. When any symptom becomes concerning, especially if the mother has known risk factors for preeclampsia, it is important to undergo evaluation to be reassured that the pregnancy is uncomplicated. The obstetrician, likewise, checks blood pressure and urine at every visit to ensure that the pregnancy is going smoothly. With the mother aware of changes in her body, and her doctor routinely monitoring the pregnancy, conditions such as preeclampsia can be detected and appropriately managed so you can have a healthy (and happy) delivery.
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