Preeclampsia is a serious condition in pregnant women that, if not diagnosed quickly, can harm mother and baby.

May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month so we would like to share with you some facts every soon-to-be parent or parent should know.

What Is Preeclampsia And What Are The Signs?

Preeclampsia occurs in a female during pregnancy and causes a sudden rise in blood pressure, swelling in the face, hands and feet, and proteinuria (extra protein in the urine). A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia: Preeclampsia is when a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine after the 20th week (late 2nd or 3rd trimester) of pregnancy and can be caused by medical malpractice.

How Common Is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is most common for women during their first pregnancy during the third trimester. It is also more common in women with diabetes, obese women, teens or those over 40, and those with family history. It affects 1 in 20 pregnancies making it the most common complication that can occur during a pregnancy.

Treatment Of Preeclampsia

The only treatment or cure for preeclampsia is the delivery of the baby. It must be done immediately upon diagnosis. If the baby is not delivered, it can lead to serious long-term or fatal consequences for mother and child.

Did Your Doctor Fail To Diagnose Preeclampsia, Resulting In Medical Malpractice?

In Ohio, as in all states, medical malpractice cases are governed by legal time limits. Our medical malpractice attorneys can inform you of these limits and help you to take appropriate action before they expire. Please contact Perantinides & Nolan, Co., L.P.A., for a free evaluation of your medical malpractice case.