Prevention of Preeclampsia

The best way to prevent preeclampsia is to start prenatal care as early as possible. Following a healthy diet, taking all your vitamins and folic acid, having regular check ups, and maintaining your weight and blood pressure will all contribute towards a safer and healthier pregnancy for both the mother and the baby. Other methods of preventing preeclampsia include:

  • Testing for abnormalities such as blood clotting disorder and kidney damage before you get pregnant
  • Having regular check ups for high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Losing weight before becoming pregnant if you are obese. If you have a BMI of 26 or higher before you get pregnant you are doubling your chances of developing preeclampsia during your pregnancy. Take the necessary measures to lose weight before you get pregnant. In case you are already in pregnancy and have a high BMI, you should not consider going on a diet. In order to prevent preeclampsia, follow a balanced and nutritious diet and keep your weight gain within the levels recommended by your doctor.

Frequently asked questions
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