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Postpartum Pre-eclampsia


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.

What do you do if you are taking your blood pressure at home and it seems high?

Call your OB provider:

If your blood pressure is more than 150/100 (if either number is high)

Go to the Emergency Department:

If your blood pressure is more than 160/110 (if either number is high) and tell them that you have recently had a baby. Your blood pressure needs to be treated right away.

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