by expert on call (297 Posts), Mon Apr 14, 2003 11:22 am
Postpartum preeclampsia is quite common. Probably 80% of women that die from preeclampsia die postpartum. Fortunately, postpartum preeclampsia is most easily managed. There is no baby to worry about.
Your chance of having preeclampsia in the next pregnancy is around 20-30%. Delivery only a week or so earlier may prevent it. Postpartum your BP can be followed closely and treated aggressively. It may require treatment with several drugs that do different things, (diuretics increase fluid loss in urine, ÃƒÅ¸-blockers slow the heart rate; vasodilators (Procardia) open the constricted blood vessels).
For most women, this experience need not deter them from another pregnancy. They might be followed closely by a physician who recognizes the risk in a subsequent pregnancy.
Expert on Call
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