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Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.
Symptoms of pre-eclampsia
Pre-eclampsia rarely happens before the 20th week of pregnancy. Most cases occur in the third trimester, after 24-26 weeks.
Causes of pre-eclampsia
The cause of pre-eclampsia is not fully understood. However, it is thought that the placenta does not develop properly because of a problem with the blood vessels supplying it.
Diagnosing pre-eclampsia
Although you will not usually notice the early signs of pre-eclampsia, the condition can easily be diagnosed.
Treating pre-eclampsia
Pre-eclampsia can only be cured by delivering the baby. If you have pre-eclampsia, you will be closely monitored until it is possible to deliver the baby.
Complications of pre-eclampsia
Although they are rare, a number of complications can develop if pre-eclampsia is not diagnosed and monitored.