Preeclampsia is a pregnancy disorder characterized by the onset of high blood pressure and possible damages to other organ system. It usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Preeclampsia gives rise to the risk of poor outcomes for both the mother and the baby, because it may result in seizures on them.
There is no definitive causes for preeclampsia, since it is related to several different factors. Possible factors include:
- Insufficient blood flow to the uterus
- Damage to the blood vessels
- A problem with the immune system
- Certain genes