The dangers and treatments for preeclampsia in pregnant women

Published: May. 2, 2019 at 5:42 PM CDT
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Preeclampsia is a dangerous, and potentially deadly, pregnancy complication.

"It's a condition where pregnancy causes high blood pressure and can cause damage to kidneys or liver function, which can lead to seizures, stroke, death," said Jamie Bouchard, nurse practitioner at Gensis OBGYN affiliated with CHI St. Joseph Health.

Bouchard explains that doctors aren't sure what causes preeclampsia, but that it only happens in pregnant women.

"If it's early on in the pregnancy and baby is pre-term, we try to put moms on rest, blood pressure medications, low-salt diet--try to get them as far along in the pregnancy as we can," said Bouchard. "If it's later in the pregnancy, delivery is the best course of action."

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