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Claire McLintock - Haematologist & Obstetric Physician

Private Service, Haematology, Maternity, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Pre-eclampsia and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that occurs in some women usually during the second half of pregnancy. It is classically characterised by high blood pressure, often with swelling (called oedema) that doesn't go away and usually with protein in the urine but other complications can occur. Pre-eclampsia is caused by the pregnancy and the placenta and the condition does not go away until the baby and placenta are delivered. Decisions about delivery depend on a number of issues: the stage in pregnancy when  pre-eclampsia develops, how severe the preeclampsia is and if the baby is very small and struggling. Women with pre-eclampsia should be looked after in hospital by a team experienced in caring for women with these complications. 

Women with pre-eclampsia in pregnancy are at increased risk of it happening in a subsequent pregnancy and it would be advisable to be reviewed by an obstetric physician or obstetrician to discuss their risk factors and decide if additional preventative measures are advised.

This page was last updated at 12:47PM on March 8, 2021.