Symptoms of Eclampsia

Eclampsia is often preceded by preeclampsia (though this does not necessarily occur in every case). When this happens, the following symptoms of preeclampsia could indicate the risk of developing full-blown Eclampsia:

  • High blood pressure (though there are many cases where women diagnosed with preeclampsia do not suffer from any significant increase in blood pressure either)
  • An increase in the protein levels in the urine. This happens because the kidneys are unable to function effectively. This is normally detected only after performing a routine urinalysis and cannot be detected by any visible means
  • Changes to the nervous system are also symptomatic of preeclampsia such as blurred vision, seeing spots and even occasional blindness
  • Unexplained and chronic headaches
  • Gaining more than two pounds of weight a week
  • Increase in water retention
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Swollen feet and hands
  • Changes to the functioning of the liver can also occur due to preeclampsia. This could manifest itself in poor blood clotting and excessive bruising
  • Any change in reflexes
  • Decrease in urination or no urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Dizziness
If the condition develops into Eclampsia, the signs and symptoms may include:

  • Blurred or problems with vision
  • Aches and pains in the muscles
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Feeling of severe agitation
  • Loss of consciousness
Eclampsia can be a life-threatening situation for both, mother and baby. In case the following symptoms are experienced, call your doctor immediately:

  • Decrease in the strength and frequency of baby movements
  • Severe persistent headaches
  • Visual problems
  • Blood pressure of 160/110 mm Hg or higher
  • Severe pain in the abdomen especially around the middle of your stomach or under the right side of your ribs
  • Any abnormal bruising or bleeding
  • Any vaginal cramps or bleeding

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