Do you see many cases of women with pre-eclampsia in a previous pregnancy?
Pre-eclampsia is a condition characterised by high blood pressure and kidney/liver involvement in pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia is one of the commonest obstetric complications, affecting approximately 7-8% of pregnant women. As such, we regularly care for women who had pre-eclampsia in a previous pregnancy.
Am I at increased risk in my current pregnancy?
Yes, unfortunately pre-eclampsia has a high rate of recurrence in subsequent pregnancies. The risk appears to be especially high when pre-eclampsia developed early (before 34 weeks) in a previous pregnancy.
What additional treatment do you recommend in this pregnancy?
Women should have their blood pressure monitored regularly. Any instances of increased blood pressure should be treated promptly with blood pressure medication. In addition, many scientific studies have examined whether various vitamins and nutritional supplements reduce a woman’s risk for pre-eclampsia. The only one which has been shown to reduce the risk in a healthy woman is a daily low-dose aspirin tablet, which should be commenced early in pregnancy.