Preeclampsia : Catch It Early, Treat It Early
Any woman who has been pregnant recently knows the fear that is associated with all the various things that can complicate a pregnancy. Of all those things, preeclampsia is one of the most sever.
This condition is caused by a placenta that is not functioning properly. The most common symptom is elevated blood pressure in women who had not previously had hypertensive issues outside of pregnancy.
This is why it is important to have regular prenatal care, so that if this is an issue your catch it early. While this can be scary, and there is no cure aside from delivering your baby, there are ways to manage it and reduce the risk to you and your baby.
Get Plenty Of Rest
One of the first things you can do to ensure you and your baby are both healthy is to get plenty of rest. This conserves your energy so your body get use it for critical functions and the healing process.
Bed rest can cause some women to feel like they are losing their minds. Don’t worry, use this time to read, to focus on renewing your mind, and prepare mentally for the baby you are about to enjoy.
Changes To Your Diet
Eating a healthy diet while you are pregnant reduces the risks to you and your baby. According to the BabyCenter website, increasing your intake of foods that are rich in calcium may help to reduce the risks of preeclampsia.
Some foods you may want to consider increasing include:
Of course, these foods offer more than just calcium, and the other vitamins and minerals are certainly good for your health.
Additionally, eating foods that are high in antioxidants can help the cells of your body function properly. These foods include purple, red and blue grapes, blueberries, red berries, especially the Ningxia wolfberry, nuts, dark green veggies, sweet potatoes, orange vegetables, tea, and whole grains.
Your body is already 70% water, and now you are growing another little human inside you. This means that it is especially important to remain well hydrated. When your body becomes dehydrated, your bodily systems stop functioning the way they should. This includes the placenta during pregnancy. While pregnancy means having to urinate more frequently, you should aim to drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces each day.
Ensure You’re Getting Exercise
The human body is designed for motion. While being pregnant causes your body to be uncomfortable, it is important to maintain a level of activity. Exercising during pregnancy can help reduce inflammation and stress, and maintain a healthy weight. These can all cause help reduce the risk of developing this condition and managing it if you do.
Medications To Manage The Symptoms
In some cases, medications may be prescribed to manage your symptoms, including medications to lower your blood pressure and magnesium sulfate to treat active seizures. Due to the complications these medications can cause with your baby, they are not generally considered a solution that is safe for long periods, but may work on a short-term basis.
There is Hope — This Too Shall Pass
While it can be scary to deal with this condition during your pregnancy, maintain hope. For most women, the symptoms dissipate within 6 weeks of delivery. Remember to keep yourself calm, and work to reduce your stress. Soon you will have an incredible little baby in your hands.