Parents hope for a smooth pregnancy that will result in the birth of a healthy baby. But, sometimes there are complications that put both the mother and child at risk.
Preeclampsia and eclampsia are two of those complications. Preeclampsia is characterized by very high blood pressure, swelling of the extremities and protein in the urine. If allowed to progress the result can be eclampsia, a dangerous and life-threatening condition that can cause blindness, kidney failure, liver rupture, brain swelling and placental abruption.
Preeclampsia is most common in first pregnancies, women under 20 years old or over 35 years old, women who are pregnant with multiples, or women with pre-existing hypertension, diabetes, or kidney disease.
In mild cases of preeclampsia, doctors may monitor the patient closely to try to get the baby as close to term as possible, so as to avoid complications that come from prematurity. But, if the condition worsens, the baby must be delivered. Most women’s symptoms disappear soon after delivery.
Signs of preeclampsia include:
- Swelling, or edema, of the arms, legs and/or face
- Abnormal weight gain
- Abnormally high blood pressure
- Protein in the urine
If you experienced signs of preeclampsia, but your doctor ignored the symptoms and you or your baby suffered the harmful effects of eclampsia, you may have a medical neglect claim. Call me at 1-800-556-4760 to discuss your case. You know I will fight “I’ll Make Them Pay!®”.