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. You can also: email us at, or direct message us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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 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.

What’s new:

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.
High blood pressure in pregnancy decision aids

Pregnancy decision aids

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

Treatment vs no treatment (infographic)

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

Latest support news

May 26, 2022

Brand new Webinar for World PE day covers all your pre-eclampsia questions

You won’t want to miss this excellent overview of the most common questions on pre-eclampsia. The webinar with Prof Andy Shennan OBE and Prof Jenny Myers […]
May 11, 2022

“Healthy Mum, Healthy Baby, Healthy Future: Report Sets out Vision to Deliver Safe, Effective and Accessible Medicines for use in Pregnancy”

APEC have echoed the sentiment expressed in a new report out today that more Action is needed on Maternal Medicines. Healthy Mum, Healthy Baby, Healthy Future: […]
March 30, 2022

Ockenden report published

The Ockenden report is out today after painstaking work by Donna Ockenden and her team examining care at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. It […]
March 28, 2022

Pregnant women to be offered first test to help diagnose pre-eclampsia, NICE recommends in draft guidance

The independent NICE diagnostic advisory committee has recommended four tests that can be used between 20 to 36 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy to help […]
March 16, 2022

Do you know all the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia?

APEC have created a new short film to help women and their families learn about the warning signs of pre-eclampsia. Its now available on our YouTube […]
February 15, 2022

New film launched on medicines safe for use in pregnancy

APEC has been working with The Concept Foundation and volunteers to help create this short film, highlighting the need for more clinical trials in pregnancy. Thank […]