Many expectant women experience preeclampsia, a condition in pregnancy which is characterized by high blood pressure that usually develops after the 20th week of pregnancy. But what is not perhaps known to many women is that this extremely serious condition can occur even after you have delivered a baby, too. This is called postpartum preeclampsia, and is less common.
It is a serious illness and can sometimes become life-threatening. According to data from the Preeclampsia Foundation, about 15 percent of postpartum preeclampsia patients experiences more severe aspects of this condition called eclampsia, which is characterized by seizures.
It's not easy to tell who will develop preeclampsia after birth. There are a few factors that may increase your risk of getting it after the delivery. Here are few important risk factors:
Signs of postpartum preeclampsia may are:
Your best line of defense is to remain aware of the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. Monitor your blood pressure regularly.
Medication is recommended to lower your blood pressure after delivery of the child. These medications reduce the chances of developing serious complications.
Other medicine helps in preventing seizures. It is safe to take these medicines while breastfeeding, generally.
Preeclampsia after birth can cause serious complications such as:
If you are pregnant and even if you are having a normal pregnancy, you should keep yourself informed about post-delivery complications. Here are some points you should discuss with your doctor: