Preeclampsia formerly known as toxemia. It is a condition that pregnant women develop. Formerly it is marked by high blood pressure in women. Women who have preeclampsia, will have a high level of protein in their urine and often also have swelling in the feet, hands and legs. And this condition appears late in pregnancy, generally after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But it can also occur earlier.
Preeclampsia can lead to Eclampsia, which is a serious condition that can put you and your baby at high risk. And in rare case it can also cause death. Women who have seizures with preeclampsia, they are considered to have Eclampsia.
Real cause of this problems are unknown. Some researchers suspect poor nutrition or high body fat are the possible causes of this problem. And it is also causes by a result of a placenta that does not function properly. And insufficient blood flow to the uterus could be associated and Genetics plays a role as well.
Generally preeclampsia is most often seen in women over 40, in first-time pregnancies and in pregnant teens. Women who have high blood pressure, are at high risk of heaving this problem. Other risk factors of this problem are given below –
Having a mother or sister who had this problem
A history of high blood pressure prior to pregnancy