Pregnancy poisoning is a rare condition, but can be
dangerous for those affected. Be aware of the early
symptoms and see what you can do for yourself.
pregnancy poisoning, or preeclampsia, the pregnant woman
gets high blood pressure and protein in the urine. The
condition may occur after week 20 of pregnancy.
According to Norwegian Health Informatics, pregnancy
poisoning occurs in about three percent of all
The pregnant woman usually does not notice any signs
of pregnancy poisoning before the condition has become
But early signs can be detected of pregnancy control,
when blood twitching and urine are checked, explains
midwife Henriette Heugeto at the Oslo Midwife and
- Symptoms that the woman may experience herself are
flicker of eyes, headache, nausea, sudden swelling of
face, hands or feet and pain under chest, she adds.
The cause of pregnancy poisoning is still not fully
known. But scientists believe the problem is due to a
bug in the placenta, also called the placenta. The
purpose of the placenta is to, among other things,
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"Failing courage function is the cause of the
symptoms of the pregnant woman, but we do not know what
is the cause of the defects in the placenta," Haugeto
Treatment in pregnancy poisoning
It is difficult to predict the course of the disease
and in some cases, the condition can be aggravated
quickly. Therefore, the midwife advises all pregnant
women to go on regular pregnancy checks with a midwife
- In the mild degree of pregnancy poisoning, there is
often only the need for extra pregnancy checks. Blood
pressure medication may be topical. In case of severe
pregnancy poisoning, the pregnant woman is hospitalized
for monitoring. In some cases, the child must be born
sooner, explained rar Haugeto.
In most cases, pregnancy intoxication is not serious,
but it involves an increased risk of reduced fetal
growth and premature birth. For some, the
condition can lead to serious complications such as
seizures and problems with the liver, kidneys, heart and
- To prevent seizures, magnesium sulfate can be given
intravenously. Pregnancy poisoning does not go away
until the baby is born. If the child has to be delivered
before the calculated date, the birth can be started
with the help of medication (induction) or a caesarean
section is made, explains the midwife n Haugeto.
What happens next?
Most women return to normal after the baby is born.
But they may need to stay a few days in the hospital to
recover from the stress.
- Since pregnancy poisoning increases the chance of
getting the same in the next pregnancy, the woman will
receive extra follow-up during the next pregnancy. After
childbirth, the child may need extra follow-up, but it
depends on a number of factors such as how early the
birth was and the child's weight, says Haugeto.
For such idig birth can sometimes lead to serious
health problems. However, the treatment of premature
babies has become much more advanced and children born
as early as week 28 often do well.
What you need to know:
- Pregnancy poisoning is a condition during which
the pregnant woman has elevated blood pressure and
proteins (egg white) in the urine.
- The blood vessels in the placenta become narrow,
thus the placenta and the fetus receive less blood
supply than they really should have had.
- The pregnancy need not have any problems -
especially early in the process.
- The most common symptoms are headache, eye
symptoms, nausea or stomach pain.
- The woman may also experience problems such as
flickering in front of the eyes, sudden swelling of
the face, hands or feet, and pain under the chest.
- Pregnancy poisoning occurs after week 20 of
pregnancy - but becomes more common near birth.
- Women with pregnancy poisoning should be checked
and followed up by a specialist. In most cases,
pregnancy poisoning proceeds without complications,
but there is an increased risk of reduced fetal
growth and premature birth.