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.
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.
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.
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.