Also called: Pre-eclampsia; Toximia
Preeclampsia is a serious condition related to pregnancy. Many of the symptoms are not obvious, while others may appear as normal pregnancy-related aches and pains. However, preeclampsia should not be ignored.
Symptoms may include high blood pressure, higher levels of protein in your urine, headaches, abdominal pain (usually on your right side, under your ribs), nausea, vomiting, lower than normal urine output, changes in your vision, and shortness of breath. Sudden weight gain, especially in your face and hands, does occur with some cases of preeclampsia; however, this kind of weight gain is also related to many normal pregnancies. That makes it hard to use those symptoms as a sign of preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia that gets worse and causes seizures is called eclampsia.
Preeclampsia during pregnancy may lead to the babies being delivered right away, even if they are not fully developed.