Preeclampsia Awareness Month: What You Need To Know

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Preeclampsia is indeed a potentially serious condition that can occur during pregnancy. It is characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys. This condition typically begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy and can lead to serious complications for both the mother and the baby. The exact cause of preeclampsia is still not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to a combination of genetic, immune, and vascular factors.

Here are some key points to understand about preeclampsia:

  1. Preeclampsia typically develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy and is characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to other organ systems, most commonly the liver and kidneys.
  2. Common symptoms include high blood pressure, protein in the urine, swelling in the hands and face, severe headaches, vision changes, and difficulty breathing.
  3. If left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious complications for both the mother and baby, including premature birth, low birth weight, and in severe cases, organ failure.
  4. Regular prenatal care is crucial for early detection and management of preeclampsia. Your healthcare provider will monitor your blood pressure, urine, and overall health throughout pregnancy.
  5. Treatment for preeclampsia may involve close monitoring, medication to lower blood pressure, and in severe cases, early delivery of the baby to prevent further complications.

Regular prenatal care and monitoring are crucial in detecting and managing preeclampsia to ensure the best possible outcome for both mother and baby. If left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious, even life-threatening, complications such as seizures, stroke, and organ failure. Therefore, it’s essential for pregnant individuals to be aware of the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia and seek prompt medical attention if any concerns arise.

It’s important to discuss any concerns or symptoms related to preeclampsia with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance and care.

Dr. Kre Johnson is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and the sole owner of Brownstone Healthcare and Aesthetics. She is the Medical Director of the City of Birmingham’s Employee Health Clinic-Brownstone BWell Birmingham. She is the Event Producer of Wifeology and the founder of Three Twenty Girls, Inc. She loves God, traveling, and all things Southern!!
Brownstone BWell: Brownstone Healthcare has partnered with the City of Birmingham to offer primary care services to the employees of the City of Birmingham for $0 copayment. This partnership is for preventative services & screenings and sick visits. We partner with your current primary care physician and our goal is to keep you out of the ER and urgent care. We do not share your information with the City of Birmingham. We uphold HIPPA and professional standards. You can visit us at our downtown location 1700 5th Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203 or Trussville: 4643 Camp Coleman Road #117 Trussville, AL 35173 205-202-5650 call for your appointment today.

Dr. Ankrehah Trimble Johnson aka "Dr Kre"


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