Pre-eclampsia is one of the most common pregnancy complications we see, affecting 5-10% of women in their 1st pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia means high blood pressure which arises for the first time during a pregnancy – it is often associated with protein in the urine, abnormal blood tests and a small baby on ultrasound scan. Women with pre-eclampsia may complain of headaches, severe leg swelling or abdominal pain or they may have no symptoms at all.
Pre-eclampsia is the reason that we check a woman’s blood pressure at every antenatal visit. Certain women are at higher risk – such as women with high blood pressure before pregnancy, diabetic women and those with kidney or blood clotting problems. However, in most cases, the woman who develops pre-eclampsia is totally healthy with no risk factors.
As a high-risk obstetrician, I frequently see women in their 2nd pregnancy, who developed pre-eclampsia with their 1st baby. These women need to be watched very carefully with regular growth ultrasounds, as there is a high chance of recurrence.
If you have had pre-eclampsia in a previous pregnancy and you wish to make an appointment to see Dr. Walsh, please call us on 1300 460 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.