What Is Postpartum Preeclampsia?

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Postpartum preeclampsia is a rare condition that occurs when you have high blood pressure and excess protein in your urine soon after childbirth. Most cases of postpartum preeclampsia develop within 48 hours of childbirth. Postpartum preeclampsia requires prompt treatment. Left untreated, postpartum preeclampsia can cause seizures and other serious complications. Signs and symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia might include:
  • Excess protein in your urine (proteinuria)
  • Severe headaches
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Changes in vision, including temporary loss of vision, blurred vision or light sensitivity
  • Upper abdominal pain, usually under the ribs on the right side
  • Decreased urination
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