Preeclampsia is a serious problem during pregnancy. It can be mild and not show up until close to delivery, or it can begin early in the second half of the pregnancy. In some cases it may develop into eclampsia.
The condition may be diagnosed in pregnant women who have high blood pressure (and who previously did not have high blood pressure) and protein in their urine after 20 weeks. Without prompt treatment, serious conditions or even death can result. If a doctor fails to manage the condition, an Ohio injury lawyer may examine whether it could be considered medical negligence.
Symptoms of Preeclampsia
Preeclampsia may cause excessive swelling in the hands, feet, ankles and eye area, though this may also be present in pregnant women who do not have this condition. Excessive and rapid weight gain may also be a symptom; an increase of several pounds a week may require medical attention.
In serious cases, preeclampsia can cause:
- severe headaches;
- stomach pain;
- vomiting; and
- sudden changes in vision, such as blurriness, temporary vision loss, and increased sensitivity to light.
The severity of the condition and how far along in the pregnancy the woman is will determine treatment. For mild cases, bed rest and frequent blood pressure monitoring at home may be all that is required. If the woman is at least 37 weeks along, she may be induced to prevent stress on the baby.
If the condition is severe, hospitalization may be required for the remainder of the pregnancy. Medications may be given to prevent seizures and lower blood pressure. If preeclampsia worsens, an emergency C-section may be performed.
Contacting an Ohio Injury Lawyer
Preeclampsia can lead to serious complications, including death. Timely treatment is of utmost importance. An Ohio injury lawyer at Mellino Robenalt LLC can help mothers who do not receive proper treatment for problems during pregnancy – such as preeclampsia – and who wish to pursue options for recovering resulting damages.