Preventing Preeclampsia

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor answers the question, How can I keep from having this frightening problem again?

Question

Five months ago I had a baby who was two months premature because I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 31 weeks. What kind of treatment will I receive next time to try to prevent it?

Answer

With the severe type of preeclampsia that you had, I would recommend seeing a high-risk ob-gyn. Unfortunately we do not have a treatment for this, but much research is being performed on preeclampsia.

There are blood tests that can be performed that will look for certain blood factors. If these blood factors are found, some doctors recommend using a blood thinner, such as heparin. The good news is that preeclampsia is less likely in a second pregnancy.

Your best bet is to see a high-risk ob-gyn doctor for a consultation prior to getting pregnant again. It would be helpful to bring your medical records from your previous pregnancy so the doctor can review the specifics of your case.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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