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Who is at Risk for Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a high blood pressure condition that mothers face, usually after the 20th week of pregnancy or even after giving birth. Luckily, most mothers with preeclampsia give birth to healthy newborns, but sometimes, if not appropriately treated, mothers can give birth prematurely, which can lead to the child's death.

The team at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC created this blog to help pregnant women and their families make informed decisions about delivery and care. One key to a safe pregnancy is knowing if you’re at risk for preeclampsia.

High-Risk Groups

While the cause of preeclampsia is still unsure, there are some things that make women more at risk than others. A woman is typically high risk if:

  • They are pregnant with multiples.
  • They have had preeclampsia previously with their other pregnancies.
  • They have high blood pressure.
  • They have diabetes or an autoimmune disease.
  • They are obese.
  • They have had complications with previous pregnancies.
  • They are Black.
  • They are older than 35.
  • They have a low socioeconomic status.

Signs and Symptoms of Preeclampsia

Some signs and symptoms of preeclampsia include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling in the legs, feet, hands, or face
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the upper belly area or in the shoulders
  • Changes in vision
  • Headaches

A good healthcare provider will let you know if you’re at risk for preeclampsia. If any of the factors listed above apply to you and your doctor has not mentioned the risks of preeclampsia, you may want to speak with another healthcare professional. Getting a second opinion may save you and your baby’s life.

Kentucky Birth Injury Attorneys

No mother should have to suffer the heartbreak of a birth injury. Unfortunately, many mothers sustain them due to a missed or late preeclampsia diagnosis. If you or your child have been injured in this way, you may have some legal options available to cover the costs of medical bills and treatments.

The good news is that we can help. The birth injury attorneys at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC specialize in cases involving preeclampsia missed diagnoses and can help you to understand your rights and options. To get in touch with one of our attorneys, give us a call at (502) 242-8872 or visit our website to fill out a consultation request form.

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