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What are common symptoms of preeclampsia?

You usually expect your pregnancy to be uneventful. Sometimes, though, you might develop a condition called preeclampsia. A previous blog discussed the dangers of this condition when it is undiagnosed. To speak to your doctor about preeclampsia, you need to recognize the symptoms.

There are numerous symptoms of preeclampsia. The Preeclampsia Foundation says that some women in Oregon may feel anxious or breathless. Other women may gain weight quickly or feel pain in their lower back. Additionally, headaches, swelling and nausea can be signs that you are developing preeclampsia. It is a good idea to monitor your blood pressure during your pregnancy, as hypertension is sometimes the main indication of this condition. Some women may also want to have their urine checked to ensure it does not contain protein.

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if a woman has preeclampsia. You may miss a symptom because you do not notice it or a doctor may think a symptom is a normal part of the pregnancy. Women who regularly experience headaches and anxiety, for example, may not notice that something is wrong if they do not have other symptoms. It is a good idea for you to tell doctors about any conditions you regularly deal with and the medications you take so a doctor can monitor them.

Additionally, you should typically make sure that your blood pressure and urine are checked at each doctor’s visit. This may help you catch preeclampsia early. It is also important for you to be proactive and speak to your doctor about any concerns you have.

This information is general in nature. It should not be used in place of legal advice.