Rapides Regional Health Talk – Preeclampsia

– [Narrator] Health Talk, brought to you by Rapides Regional Medical Center. (upbeat music) Pregnant women know every
doctor’s appointment includes two things,
a blood pressure check and a trip to the restroom
with a plastic cup. But there’s a good reason for that. Both tests alert your physician
to signs of preeclampsia. – Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnancy that occur generally
after 20 weeks gestation, where the mom can come in
with elevated blood pressures, abnormal lab tests, protein in the urine. This condition can affect
both the mother and the baby. – [Narrator] Preeclampsia often
develops without symptoms, appearing with the sudden
onset of high blood pressure. 140/90 on two separate
occasions, four hours apart. – We usually do serial blood pressures to see if it’s consistently high. We also draw a variety of blood tests including liver functions, electrolytes, blood count, platelet count. We’ll do urine testing to see if there’s protein in the urine. As far as the baby being assessed, we’ll usually do an ultrasound and some monitoring of the baby. – [Narrator] Those most at risk for preeclampsia include women with a prior
history of preeclampsia, women going through their first pregnancy, women older than 40, obesity,
and multiple pregnancies. – If mom starts having
headaches, blurry vision, just generally feeling bad, swelling, they should not hesitate to contact their physician if
any of these symptoms appear because it can be very serious. – [Narrator] The most important
thing expectant moms can do is attend their prenatal visits and keep an eye on blood pressure. – Our goal is a healthy
mom and a healthy baby. – [Narrator] For more information
about prenatal health, or to find an OB/BYN,
visit rapidesregional.com.

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