Preeclampsia is a condition that can happen to a woman during or after pregnancy. Signs include very high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and sometimes fluid retention. It is a common condition that affects about 1 out of 20 women. It's easy to monitor and treat this condition when caught early. Without treatment, it can lead to a much more serious condition called eclampsia. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you need to pay attention to the signs and symptoms for the safety of you and your baby.
Preeclampsia that occurs while the woman is still pregnant is easily treatable and usually subsides with the birth of the baby. Postpartum preeclampsia is a more rare condition that develops in the days following childbirth, but can also occur up to six weeks later. It can develop even if the mother didn't have the condition while pregnant.
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