Pre-eclampsia is new high blood pressure that happens during pregnancy. It usually occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It affects the kidneys, liver, brain, and placenta. It can cause a headache that won't go away, vision problems, belly pain, and swollen hands and face.
Pre-eclampsia can be treated with medicine and close monitoring. If not treated, it can be deadly for the mother and baby.
Pre-eclampsia usually goes away after the baby is born. But symptoms may last a few weeks or more and can get worse after delivery. Rarely, symptoms of pre-eclampsia don't show up until days or even weeks after childbirth.
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & William Gilbert MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine & JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine