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Understanding pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-induced hypertension)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pre-eclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy. It usually occurs in the last half of pregnancy.

Although the cause is unknown, it can be successfully treated if diagnosed early. Untreated pre-eclampsia is dangerous to both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

Signs of pre-eclampsia include:

  • Sudden weight gain
  • Severe headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Spots before the eyes
  • Changes in your urine​​​
  • Increased blood pressure

Notify your provider at once if you have any of these signs.

Pre-eclampsia can sometimes be controlled at home, however, some women are hospitalized to prevent complications.