What is preeclampsia?

Dr. Jiri Sonek explains preeclampsia. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a very interesting disease that is specific to pregnancy, and in fact, it's specific to human pregnancies. It's a disease that develops after 20 weeks gestation. The diagnostic features include high blood pressure and protein in the mother. It can also affect the fetus, causing growth restriction, and it oftentimes results in an early delivery.

  

Preeclampsia is a potentially life-threatening condition that can develop in pregnant women after their 20th week. Symptoms include high blood pressure and excess protein in the mother’s urine. And preeclampsia can restrict growth of the baby, result in an early delivery, and harm the health of mother and baby.

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