This is for mom's who have had to give birth or have emergency c-section due to Pre Eclampsia or HELP. To chit chat about our stories and give advice to other mom's that are currently experiencing it or trying to avoid it.
Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. It is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.
Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation though it can occur earlier. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. HELLP Syndrome and eclampsia are other manifestations of the same syndrome. It is important to note that research shows that more women die from preeclampsia than eclampsia and one is not necessarily more serious than the other. Please join us!