Health Tip: Risk Factors for Preeclampsia

A sudden rise in blood pressure during pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnancy, characterized by a sudden, significant rise in blood pressure and swelling of the hands and feet.

It can be dangerous for both the fetus and the mother.

Here is a list of common risk factors, courtesy of the Preeclampsia Foundation:

  • A first pregnancy.
  • Family or personal history of preeclampsia, chronic high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease.
  • Obesity.
  • Multiple birth pregnancies.
  • Age younger than 18 or greater than 40.
  • Other conditions including polycystic ovarian syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis or multiple sclerosis.
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