Preeclampsia is a potentially serious disorder characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It usually develops after the 20th week of pregnancy and goes away after delivery. In some cases, if the disease is mild, your doctor may choose to manage preeclampsia with close observation and testing. However, if the disease becomes severe, delivery of your baby may be indicated. Your RPG physician and your obstetrician will discuss this with you and answer any questions prior to treatment.
In rare cases, preeclampsia can progress to a disease called eclampsia, which is characterized by seizures. This can be potentially dangerous for both mothers and babies. Delivery is always indicated in patients with eclampsia.