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Preeclampsia—Definitely not a Treat! 10 Scary Symptoms Not to Ignore

October 31, 2011

This Halloween, I am sure everyone will see plenty of scary ghost, ghouls and things that go bump in the night, but for all of us preeclampsia survivors, the real scare in our lives was the preeclampsia symptoms that were “disguised” as normal pregnancy symptoms.

While you’re busy getting candy ready, stretching those cobwebs across your front door and getting your little ones in their costumes without getting their face make-up on your clothes, we thought it a good idea to revisit some of the symptoms of preeclampsia…forewarned is forearmed and we want nothing but treats for all our pregnant mommies!

10.          Headache

9.            Pain in upper right ribcage

8.            Swelling, particularly in your hands, face and ankles

7.            Visual disturbances

6.            Increased restlessness or irritability

5.            Persistent nausea and vomiting in the third trimester

4.            Significant shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

3.            Dark urine/protein in urine

2.            High blood pressure

1.            The feeling that something “just isn’t right”

If you are pregnant and feeling any of these symptoms, please call your doctor immediately.  It’s always best to err on the side of caution and have things checked out.  Your doctor may very well send you to labor and delivery, but they’ll hopefully be thorough there and fast about checking your blood pressure, your urine and your blood work to make sure you and your little one are doing just fine.  If in fact, you are sick, then you’ve been sent to the best place to make sure you and your baby are well taken care of.

Best of luck and always good health to you and your little pumpkin.

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