Many women are familiar with preeclampsia, but are you aware that in rare cases, it can strike you AFTER delivery as well? In many cases, it develops within the first 48 hrs after birth but can develop up to six weeks postpartum.
Preeclampsia happens usually happens during pregnancy. It means your blood pressure is at or above 140/90.
Postpartum preeclampsia is a rare condition that occurs when you have high blood pressure and excess protein in your urine soon after childbirth. Preeclampsia is a similar condition that develops during pregnancy and typically resolves with the birth of the baby.
Postpartum preeclampsia is more commonly found in women who experience preeclampsia (or eclampsia) during pregnancy, but it can strike any woman, at any time. It’s super important to know that delivery is not a cure for preeclampsia. Any woman can develop preeclampsia after her baby is born, whether she experienced high blood pressure during her pregnancy or not. Moms need to continue to monitor their health after delivery. Recognizing these warning signs can save your life!
Postpartum preeclampsia usually comes with warning signs, and it’s important to watch out for these!
Postpartum Preeclampsia Symptoms
- Severe Headache
- Elevated blood pressure
- Shortness of Breath
- Stomach Pain (more specifically, right upper quadrant pain)
- Vision changes, such as seeing spots
- Severe swelling in your extremities
Trust your gut when dealing with these symptoms, if you feel off and feel like something is just not right with you, call your provider or go to the emergency room.
Postpartum Preeclampsia Video
Check out this cool video from the Preeclampsia Foundation for more information.
Postpartum preeclampsia can be dangerous for you because it can lead to eclampsia (seizures), stroke, organ damage, or even death.
Remember however it is also rare. Having this condition can lengthen your recovery from childbirth, but there are effective treatments to get your blood pressure back under control.