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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia sounds scary. Don't worry, we've got the information you need about how to treat preeclampsia and how to keep baby safe.

What's the best way to treat preeclampsia?

Your doctor will monitor you very closely, limit your activities and may induce labor a bit early. She might also recommend that you go on bed rest, drink lots of water and eat less salt and take medication to lower your blood pressure.

What can I do to prevent preeclampsia?

There's no known way to prevent it, but you should always make your prenatal appointments because your doctor will screen for preeclampsia. Also, make sure you eat a healthy diet and exercise.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have preeclampsia?

“I was just diagnosed with preeclampsia last weekend, and have been hospitalized since. I was on anti-hypertensive meds for a couple of days. I am still doing daily NSTs for the babies and twice weekly BPPs."

“I was having my blood pressure and baby monitored twice a week for a few weeks. I started getting severe migraines and I usually don't have them. My blood pressure was 149/105, I had protein in my urine and my kidney/liver blood work came back above normal -- but baby was doing okay. He was already 37 weeks so they admitted me and I had a c-section that afternoon.”

“I have chronic high blood pressure because of genetics. I had preeclampsia with my first child. This time around, for my second pregnancy, my doctor is monitoring me closley as a high risk pregnancy (extra appointments, bloodwork, urine tests, ultrasounds, etc)."

Are there any resources for preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia Foundation

Plus more from The Bump:

What’s preeclampsia, and how can I prevent it?

Checklist: Packing a Hospital Bag

High blood pressure during pregnancy

-- Michele Hakakha, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California

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