Pre-eclampsia support and information

Need help or advice? Call the APEC helpline on 01386 761 848.

The Action on Pre-eclampsia helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 9.00pm. If you are pregnant and worried, or feel unwell, please contact your GP or midwife immediately.

If you or someone you know is suffering from pre-eclampsia, or you are worried, you have come to the right place.

Action on Pre-eclampsia provides pre-eclampsia support and information to members of the public and support to those affected by the condition. You can find out more about the disease, pre-eclampsia Q&A’s and downloadable information sheets using the links below. We also run a confidential service open to anyone seeking information or support. Our helpline is always open and we receive calls from pregnant women, those who have experienced pre-eclampsia and associated conditions, concerned relatives and healthcare professionals. Alternatively, you can email us on info@apec.org.uk or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Pre-eclampsia: information for families

Our information leaflets and comprehensive list of FAQ’s are available anyone who wants to know more about the condition. Please follow the links below to find out more about pre-eclampsia.

Pre-eclampsia support and information

What is pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is the most common of the serious complications of pregnancy. It is caused by a defect in the placenta, which joins the mother and baby and supplies the baby with nutrients and oxygen from the mother’s blood.

Pre-eclampsia Q&A’s

No one can predict with certainty who will get pre-eclampsia. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions that includes information on the cause, symptoms and treatment.

Pre-eclampsia Information Leaflets

Facts and information sheets

Hospitals, GP surgeries and midwife units throughout the UK use leaflets from Action on Pre-eclampsia to inform their patients about pre-eclampsia. You can download them for FREE to learn more.

Important information about the new tests for pre-eclampsia:

Placental growth factor testing (PIGF)

PlGF testing is a new test which can measure the likelihood of a pregnant woman getting pre-eclampsia in the next few days. It can only be offered to women where there is a clinical recognition that this might happen and helps clinicians target care to the women who are likely to need it most. It is an effective test and APEC support the implementation of this. Where the test is not available women should ask clinicians to push commissioners to implement the test. We are not aware of private hospitals offering this service.

APEC is working with NHS England to ensure all trusts are offering the test however take up is patchy and some hospital trusts are being slower than others in implementing it; by Christmas we expect around 50 trusts to have adopted it.

What’s new:

Pregnancy decision aids

An information booklet and in-consultation aid to support discussions about high blood pressure in pregnancy and related treatment options.

The expert referral scheme

We have a network of experts on pre-eclampsia who have agreed to offer one-off consultations or second opinions to those with queries and concerns; you have to be referred via your GP. For further information, and to discuss your concerns please contact the helpline on 01386 761 848 or email info@apec.org.uk.