Postpartum Pre-eclampsia

Preeclampsia

You are still at risk.  Seek help immediately!

What is it?

Postpartum Pre-eclampsia is a serious disease related to high blood pressure. It can happen to any woman up to 6 weeks after delivery. If you were given a blue wrist band or medical card during your pregnancy - or after you delivered - you are at higher risk for postpartum pre-eclampsia.

Risks to You:

  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Organ Damage
  • Death

Warning Signs of Postpartum Pre-eclampsia

  • Stomach Pain
  • Feeling nauseous; throwing up
  • Swelling in your hands and face
  • Headaches
  • Seeing spots
  • Shortness of breath

What Should You Do?

  • Follow-up with your doctor within 2-5 days for a blood pressure check
  • Keep all follow-up doctor appointments
  • Go directly to the emergency room and report you have been recently pregnant

18% of the deaths related to pregnancy in 2015-2016 resulted from seizures due to pre-eclampsia, but it is preventable! Yakima County Hospitals are working together to raise awareness and treat pre-eclampsia as soon as it is identified. If you have any symptoms, call your physician immediately or go to the Emergency Room and tell them you were recently pregnant.

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