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