Causes of Eclampsia

The exact causes of Eclampsia are still not completely understood. Experts however believe that the following factors may play a role in the development of Eclampsia:

  • Genetics.
  • Neurological factors such as malfunctions in the brain and nervous system.
  • Thickening of blood vessels caused by hypertension, high cholesterol and numerous other medical conditions.
  • An unhealthy diet both prior to and during the pregnancy.
  • Preeclampsia is often associated with problems with the placenta. This could include too little placenta, too much placenta, or how and where the placenta is attached to uterine wall.
  • Unknown causes.
Risk factors for Eclampsia include:

  • Women who have been diagnosed with preeclampsia.
  • High blood pressure before and during pregnancy.
  • Unexplained headaches during pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women above the age of 35.
  • Pregnant teens.
  • African-American women.
  • First pregnancy.
  • Women with a history of renal disease, diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and hypertension.
  • Multiple pregnancies.
  • A family history of preeclampsia and Eclampsia.
  • Obesity.

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