On the two-year anniversary of my daughter’s death due to complications from preeclampsia, I would like to inform mothers-tobe of this condition that can sometimes be fatal.
Preeclampsia is a condition that only occurs during pregnancy after the 20th week. The exact cause of preeclampsia is not known, and only occurs in a small percentage of pregnancies. Risk factors include first pregnancy, pregnant with twins or more, obesity, over age 35, past history of high blood pressure, or kidney disease. Often, women diagnosed with preeclampsia do not feel sick.
Symptoms can include extreme swelling, excessive weight gain, dull or throbbing headaches, abdominal pain mostly on the right side often confused with heartburn or gallbladder pain, blood pressure over 140/90, among other symptoms.
The only way to cure preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. The infant’s risk of death depends on the severity of preeclampsia and how prematurely the baby is born.
You should be aware of these symptoms and discuss with your doctor if you are at risk for preeclampsia. In memory of Brittany Weaver Stewart
We miss you, Mom, Dad, Bella Anne, and Justin