by expert on call (297 Posts), Fri May 02, 2003 04:52 pm
The baby's condition at birth was not likely due to the preeclampsia or the high blood pressure. There may have been an infection or placental abruption involved - it's hard to tell from what you remember. Unfortunately there are not really any specific tests or measures that can be taken to prevent preeclampsia from developing again except for aggressive management of high blood pressure. Clotting tests, heparin, aspirin, and vitamin supplementation are really not very effective in decreasing your risk. Your risk of recurrence is significant - on the order of 25-30% - and your doctor should be watching your blood pressure and urine protein closely.
Take care and let us know if you have any other questions.
Expert on Call
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