Pre-Eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is high blood pressure that some women get during pregnancy. It affects the kidneys, liver, brain, and placenta. It can cause a headache that won't go away, vision problems, belly pain, and swollen hands and face.

Pre-eclampsia can be treated with bedrest, medicine, and close monitoring. If not treated, it can be deadly for the mother and baby.

Pre-eclampsia usually goes away after the baby is born.

Current as of: March 16, 2017

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William M. Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine