Hypertension That Can Affect a Mother and Baby
Preeclampsia is potentially dangerous condition for both the mother and the baby. If preeclampsia is not diagnosed timely and treat properly, it can lead to serious or fatal complications for mother and child.
What Is Preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a form of hypertension or high blood pressure that occurs during pregnancy. Preeclampsia is also sometimes referred to as pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) or in years past as "toxemia of pregnancy." Preeclampsia is generally defined as high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks’ gestation.
Besides high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine, there are other symptoms that may develop slowly or suddenly including headaches, changes in vision, abdominal pain, rapid weight gain, dizziness, vomiting, or nausea.
Delivery of the baby is the only cure for preeclampsia. The mother is at risk for seizures, placental abruption, and bleeding. Because of the severity of this condition, it is critically important for medical providers to accurately recognize and diagnose preeclampsia, to treat the mother appropriately and to be prepared for the severe complication including placental abruption, which can lead to catastrophic injury or death to the mother and baby.
At Birth Injury Safety, our Texas injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to talk with you about what has happened to your child and about your legal rights. Consultations are free, so please contact us today by calling (214) 974-4121.