Know the Signs of Postpartum Preeclampsia

Many women may expect childbirth to be uneventful. Sometimes, though, women may develop complications after childbirth. When this happens, it is important for their doctor to diagnose the condition and begin treatment as soon as possible. One complication that women might experience is postpartum preeclampsia.

Postpartum preeclampsia is a condition that women may develop after giving birth. The Mayo Clinic says that this condition occurs when a woman’s blood pressure is too high. It is still unclear what causes this condition. Many women might think they will develop postpartum preeclampsia only in the immediate aftermath of childbirth. However, it is important to remember that women may not experience symptoms for 48 hours. Others may develop this condition six weeks after their baby is born. Women may develop this condition even if they did not have preeclampsia during their pregnancy, so it is important for them to understand the risks and the symptoms.

Potential complications

It is important for women to receive treatment for postpartum preeclampsia because the condition may have life-threatening complications. Some women may have fluid build up in their lungs or develop a blood clot. In some situations, women may experience seizures. If women do not receive treatment, they may be at risk of having a stroke and permanent, severe brain damage.


Because postpartum preeclampsia can pose a great risk for women, it is important for them to recognize the symptoms. According to the Preeclampsia Foundation,  common symptoms include headaches and stomach pain. Some women may also feel short of breath or have swollen hands. Additionally, women may begin seeing spots and feel nauseated. When women realize they have postpartum preeclampsia symptoms, it is important for them to seek medical attention so they can begin receiving treatment.

If someone close to you has suffered the horrible outcome of misdiagnosed or mistreated postpartum preeclampsia we can help them find justice. Please contact our office.

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