Preeclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension, occurs in five to 10 percent of pregnancies, and is diagnosed after the 20th week of pregnancy. Here are some warning signs.
___ Sudden excessive weight gain, related to water retention.
___ Blood pressure rises to 140/90 or more.
___ Swollen face and hands.
___ Swelling in the ankles that does not go down after 12 hours of rest.
___ Blurry vision.
___ Severe headaches.
___ Protein in the urine (determined by your doctor).
Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, September 2005.
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