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How can preeclampsia be avoided during pregnancy ?

i am a 29 year old nigerian who was recently admitted in the hospital for preeclampsia. my BP was 160/110mm Hg and i was showing no symptoms except for the swelling feet which i felt was normal. i was placed on aldomet and valium but i still lost my baby. i was in my 21 week gestinal period, all this happened within a week. What i want to know is if it can occur again and how can i prevent it from happening again in my second pregnancy cos my husband and i really would love to have children?
Asked On : Fri, 27 May 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
welcome to healthcare magic ....
sorry to know about your pregnancy loss.
Pre eclampsia unfortunately has no preventive measures. You just need to have regular check ups with your obstretician and get to record your Blood pressures and take medication to keep it under control if its higher.
Pregnancy loss is a complication of pre eclampsia , but a regular monitoring of blood pressure and adequate medications to keep BP controlled has helped many to concieve and have kids , so you still have very good chance to have kids no need to worry. Just maintain your general health a balanced diet , exercise and a normal heamoglobin levels whould add up to your baby s health .
Godo luck and all the best ..
Answered: Sat, 28 May 2011
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OBGYN Dr. Hashim A Ali's  Response
Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy condition that usually occurs in primigravidas (first prgnancy). It does not necessary occurs in the second pregnancy. Its cause is not known. The best thing to do is to measure your BP regularly after delivery. Once you get pregnant again you MUST have regular follow up by a doctor who will measure your BP regularly, and take treatment early in pregnancy. Meanwhile try not to increase in weight,reduce salt intake, and take 75mg aspirin either before you get pregnant, or early in pregnancy. Methyldopa (Aldomet) which you took is the standard treatment if your BP reaches 140/90 or more at any stage of pregnancy. I have seen many women developing the condition once and only in their first pregnancy. Do'nt worry, if preeclampsia is detected early in prenancy, it can be treated successfuly.
Answered: Sat, 28 May 2011
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