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HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.



Pre-eclampsia


This is a dangerous condition that can develop in the second half of pregnancy. Early symptoms include high blood pressure, oedema (swelling) of the legs, ankles and fingers, and protein in the urine.

Pre-eclampsia is dangerous for both the pregnant woman and her baby. Sufferers may be given drugs to lower blood pressure and told to rest - and will be closely monitored to make sure the condition doesn?t worsen. In late pregnancy induction of labour, or a caesarean section, may be necessary. After the birth, blood pressure should return to normal again.

Pre-eclampsia danger signs - seek immediate advice from a health professional if you have any of the following:

  • Severe headache
  • Problems with vision, such as blurring or flashing before the eyes
  • Severe pain just below the ribs
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden swelling of the face, hands or feet

For more information, advice and support on this condition visit Action on Pre-eclampsia www.apec.org.uk or visit Tommy?s The Baby Charity:www.tommys.org.


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