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Inspira is fully equipped to diagnose and manage preeclampsia, a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication. Trust our specialized treatment options and advanced resources to safeguard the safety and well-being of both you and your baby.

What is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure (hypertension) and often the presence of protein in the urine (proteinuria) after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 

Preeclampsia has the potential to escalate into a more severe condition called eclampsia. Eclampsia is characterized by seizures that are not related to a preexisting brain condition. Preeclampsia complications may include damage to the organs such as the liver and kidneys, stroke, fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), and HELLP syndrome (a combination of liver dysfunction and low platelet count). For the baby, preeclampsia increases the risk of premature birth, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and low birth weight.

Early detection and management of preeclampsia are vital for minimizing risk and ensuring the best outcomes. Regular prenatal care, including blood pressure monitoring and urine testing for protein, can help detect preeclampsia early. Treatment may involve medications to lower blood pressure, bed rest, close monitoring of you and your baby, and, in severe cases, early delivery.


What are Preeclampsia Symptoms? 

Preeclampsia symptoms can vary from mild to severe. They may develop gradually or suddenly and may require immediate attention, especially if they’re severe or persistent. Symptoms may include: 

  • High blood pressure 
  • Protein in the urine 
  • Swelling, especially in the hands and face 
  • Sudden weight gain 
  • Severe, persistent headaches 
  • Changes in vision, such as blurred vision or light sensitivity 
  • Abdominal pain, typically on the upper right side 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Reduced urine output 
  • Shortness of breath

How is Preeclampsia Diagnosed? 

Diagnosing preeclampsia involves a combination of medical history, physical examination, and laboratory tests. During your routine prenatal visits, your OB/GYN or certified nurse midwife will monitor your blood pressure and check for protein in your urine. Additional tests may include blood tests to assess liver and kidney function and ultrasound scans to monitor fetal growth and well-being. Early detection is key to managing preeclampsia and preventing complications, so it’s important to attend regular prenatal appointments and promptly report any concerning symptoms to your doctor.

Preeclampsia Treatment Options
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Our Approach to Preeclampsia Care 

At Inspira, we understand the importance of providing comprehensive, compassionate care to those affected by preeclampsia. Our multidisciplinary team of obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, certified nurse midwives, and nursing staff is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of both you and your baby throughout the pregnancy journey.

We prioritize early detection of preeclampsia through regular prenatal monitoring and use advanced diagnostic techniques to assess the severity of the condition. Treatment plans are personalized to each patient’s needs and may include medication to lower blood pressure, close monitoring of maternal and fetal health, and, when necessary, the timely delivery of your baby.

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