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Article originally published March 19, 2020.

What Is Postpartum Preeclampsia?

Postpartum Preeclampsia is a serious disease related to high blood pressures in women after having a baby. New moms can develop preeclampsia up to six weeks after the baby is born.

Risks to you are:

  • Organ Damage
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Death

What Are the Warning Signs?

  • Blood pressure of 140/90 or higher
  • Changes in your vision
  • Swelling of your hands or face
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain or pain under your rib cage
  • Severe headache that won’t go away – if often worse in bright light

When to Visit the Emergency Department

Call 911 or have someone take you to the ED, if you are experiencing any of the below symptoms:

  • Blood pressure of 160/110 or higher
  • Seeing spots
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Seizures

Be sure to report that you recently had a baby.

What to Do If You Are Experiencing Symptoms

If you were treated for high blood pressure during pregnancy or while in the hospital after having your baby, ask if you should see your doctor within one week of discharge. Be sure to keep all follow up appointments with your healthcare provider.

Review the warning signs of postpartum preeclampsia and seek care if you are having symptoms. Trust your instincts – if you feel like something is wrong, get help.

For more information, contact the Maternity Unit at 740-687-8290.