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Symptoms of Eclampsia

Dive into the critical topic of eclampsia by examining the symptoms associated with this life-threatening complication of pregnancy.

  • 17 Oct 2023
  • 3 min read

Eclampsia is a word that can send shivers down the spine of any expectant mother. This condition is characterised by the development of seizures in pregnant women who previously had a condition known as pre-eclampsia. This rare but potentially life-threatening complication of pregnancy demands attention and awareness. Let's look at the eclampsia signs and symptoms that every pregnant woman should be aware of.


What are the Symptoms of Eclampsia?

There are some clear symptoms of eclampsia. Recognising the symptoms can be a game changer in ensuring a safe pregnancy. Let's explore the key indicators:


  1. Severe headaches: One of the major symptoms of eclampsia is an unrelenting severe headache. While headaches during pregnancy are common, a persistent, pounding pain that doesn't subside with rest or over-the-counter pain relievers should raise concern.


  1. Difficulty breathing: As Eclampsia progresses, it can lead to breathing difficulties. Shortness of breath or a feeling of suffocation should be taken seriously and reported to a doctor promptly.


  1. Nausea or vomiting: Experiencing nausea or vomiting in the later stages of pregnancy can be normal but if it becomes frequent, severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, it might be a sign of eclampsia.


  1. Trouble urinating or not urinating often: Eclampsia can affect kidney function, leading to a decrease in urine output. If you notice a significant change in your urination pattern especially if it's reduced, consult your doctor.


  1. Abdominal pain (especially on the upper right side): Pain in the upper right side of the abdomen can be a sign of liver involvement, a serious complication of eclampsia. If you experience this type of pain, it's crucial to seek immediate medical attention.


  1. Blurred vision, seeing double or loss of vision: Visual disturbances are hallmark signs of eclampsia. Blurred vision, seeing double or sudden vision loss can occur, indicating a critical situation.


  1. Swelling of the hands, face or ankles:  Swelling, known as oedema is common in pregnancy. However sudden and excessive swelling especially in the hands, face or ankles can be alarming symptoms of eclampsia.

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Pregnancy is a beautiful journey but it comes with its share of risks. Eclampsia is one such risk that requires vigilance. Knowing the symptoms and signs of eclampsia and being proactive can make all the difference. Early diagnosis and interventions are crucial in managing Eclampsia and ensuring the safety of both mother and baby. Also, ensure that you have a health insurance plan in place to safeguard yourself against any financial stress.

Disclaimer: the above blog aims to provide general information about health and related topics. Any information provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials is not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is important that you contact your doctor before starting a new medicine or health regime.


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