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.

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.

You can also: email us at info@apec.org.uk, or direct message us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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.

Is pre-eclampsia a danger to mothers and babies?

The short answer is yes, potentially. Pre-eclampsia can be fatal for mothers and babies if not properly managed. Worldwide it causes the deaths of 6 women per minute. In the UK it causes the deaths of 4 women a year and 1000 babies. It is the reason why antenatal appointments are of vital importance.

Pre-eclampsia is a major cause of babies being born prematurely. 40% of babies born before 28 weeks are as a result of pre-eclampsia.


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.

PlGF - Placental Growth Factor Testing

PlGF – Placental Growth Factor Testing

PlGF tests are ground-breaking new blood tests clinicians can use to help predict if a baby needs to be delivered due to pre-eclampsia in the late stages of pregnancy.

High blood pressure in pregnancy decision aids

Long term health complications following hypertension in pregnancy

Prof Pensée Wu has written a new comprehensive summary for women and healthcare professionals on the long term health issues that can arise following pre-eclampsia and hypertension in pregnancy.

Pre-eclampsia Information Leaflets

Patient information / downloadables on pre-eclampsia

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.

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.