Pre-eclampsia is the most common of the serious complications of pregnancy.
Pre-ecampsia 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.
Mild pre-eclampsia affects up to 10% of first time pregnancies with severe pre-eclampsia affecting about 1-2 in 100 severe pregnancies.
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. While we do not know yet exactly what is the root cause of pre-eclampsia, medical science is expanding our knowledge every day. By definition, pre-eclampsia occurs after 20 weeks (but in very rare cases can occur earlier) and the majority of cases occur in the third trimester. Pre-eclampsia is known as a multi-system disorder which means it can affect different parts of your body such as your liver, your kidneys, your cardiovascular system or your clotting systems.
Pre-eclampsia support line: 01386 761 848
The Action on Pre-eclampsia helpline is open Monday to Thursday from 9am – 3pm and Friday 9am – 1pm. Because we are a small team, there are times when the helpline may be busy. In this event, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are pregnant and worried or feel unwell please contact your GP or midwife immediately.
High blood pressure in pregnancy
Hypertension or high blood pressure is the most common medical problem that is encountered in pregnancy. In general gestational hypertension complicates 10% of first time pregnancies. In its early stages pre-eclampsia is symptom-less and is only detectable by regular antenatal checks on the mother’s blood pressure and urine.
What is pre-eclampsia: further information
The following information is for anyone who is considered at risk of pre-eclampsia or eclampsia and wants to know more about the condition. If you would like a physical copy of any of the information listed below, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01386 761 848.
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 email@example.com.