What Can Be Done to Control Preeclampsia for a Healthier Pregnancy?

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Preeclampsia is one of the most common causes of high-risk pregnancies. It occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy during the late 2nd or 3rd trimester. It is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, which can put both mothers and babies at risk. For many women with preeclampsia, symptoms are relatively mild, so the condition is diagnosed during routine visits to the obstetrician. When symptoms are more prevalent, the condition is typically more severe and may warrant labor induction or C-section. This article will take a look at some of the steps that can control preeclampsia to ensure that your baby is born healthy and that your health is not negatively affected by your pregnancy

Bedrest at Home

Bedrest is one of the most likely methods for managing preeclampsia when your baby is not fully developed and symptoms are relatively mild. You may have to severely limit your daily activities and have loved ones assist in chores around the house to keep you off your feet.

Dietary Changes

Your doctor may also recommend increasing your intake of water while reducing the amount of salt in your diet. These changes can help keep your blood pressure in check so that symptoms of preeclampsia do not get worse.

Frequent Physician Visits

Once preeclampsia is diagnosed, your doctor may want to see you more often until your baby is delivered with visits as frequent as once per week. In the hospital, there will be close monitoring of you and your baby to ensure a healthy delivery.

Prescribed Medication 

Some medications to lower blood pressure might be beneficial, but these will not be prescribed in every situation. Additionally, your obstetrician may recommend steroid injections after 24 weeks to speed up the development of your baby’s lungs to reduce complications of an early delivery.

When you choose Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for your prenatal care and delivery, you will have exceptional care through every step of the process with access to a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit should complications arise. To learn more about the higher level of care offered in our Thousand Oaks Family Birthing Center, give us a call at (805) 497-2727 and speak with one of our registered nurses 24/7. 

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