Developing high blood pressure after the 20th week of pregnancy or right after pregnancy may signal a condition called preeclampsia. If not treated, this condition may threaten both mother and child. Fortunately, preeclampsia is easily found during routine prenatal care visits. Plus, close monitoring can help women who develop it stay healthy and deliver healthy babies. To learn the facts, take this quiz.
Another possible sign of preeclampsia is having protein in your urine.
If you are pregnant and notice any of these symptoms, you should talk with your healthcare provider.
Preeclampsia is also more common in first pregnancies. And it is more common in women who have high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, the blood clotting disorder thrombophilia, or lupus, or conceived through IVF.