by expert on call (297 Posts), Sun Apr 13, 2003 10:23 pm
Preeclampsia often does clear up after delivery, in some cases dramatically. However, it can also worsen significantly in the 24-48 hours after birth. You can expect to most likely be placed on magnesium sulfate during labor and for 24-48 hours after delivery. In addition you may be placed on blood pressure medication for several weeks. At some point in the first few days after delivery, you will notice that your urine output increases significantly. This indicates that the disease is clearing up. The headaches and swelling may clear up after delivery with the rest of the disease.
You should be sure to monitor yourself closely for the post-partum period.
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