WHAT IS ECLAMPSIA?
Preeclampsia is sometimes called “toxaemia of pregnancy” when the body swells with retained fluid, blood pressure goes up and protein is found in the urine. It can begin at 20 weeks (about five months) of the pregnancy and may last until the first week after the birth and is unfortunately very common in South Africa. Eclampsia (fortunately rare) is more severe and can cause convulsions and coma. Delivering the baby, despite prematurity, as quickly as possible is the only way to resolve eclampsia. Ensure your pregnancy is constantly monitored if you suffer from hypertension.
A low blood pressure in pregnancy can be mild or severe. Mild hypotension lowers the risk of having a stroke or heart attack, but during pregnancy this can make a woman feel tired, weak, faint or dizzy – especially when she stands up quickly. Low BP can be relieved by lying on your side, as this improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
OTHER SYMPTOMS OF LOW BLOOD PRESSURE
Feeling light-headed with concentration difficulties. Palpitations (rapid heartbeat). Blurred vision. Feeling cold and clammy. Thirst.