Premature delivery that leads to complications in the baby
Blood clotting problem
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider or go to the emergency room if you have any symptoms of eclampsia or preeclampsia. Emergency symptoms include seizures or decreased alertness.
Seek medical care right away if you have any of the following:
Bright red vaginal bleeding
Little or no movement in the baby
Severe pain in the upper right abdominal pain
Nausea or vomiting.
It is important for all pregnant women to get early and ongoing medical care. This allows for early diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as preeclampsia. Treating preeclampsia may prevent eclampsia.
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Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.