Ways to Prevent Preeclampsia in Pregnancy

Medically Reviewed by Dr Sravya, MBBS, MS 

What is preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a condition in which a woman experience abnormal enlargement of the placenta, high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine during the last trimester of pregnancy or after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Preeclampsia, formerly know as “toxemia,” causes organ failure, water retention, abdominal pain, and some serious pregnancy complications. That’s why pregnant women are advised to learn the warning signs of PE to monitor themselves closely. 

ways to prevent preeclampsia in pregnancy

PE is a very serious and dangerous disorder during pregnancy. In addition to raising a pregnant woman’s blood pressure, it can damage vital organs, including the liver, brain, kidneys, and placenta, before birth and cause  serious birth defects.

While most women with PE give birth to healthy babies at full term, this may not always be the case, but PE currently accounts for 15 percent of premature births in the US. Generally, it is considered a “pregnancy-specific syndrome”. That means preeclampsia symptoms usually resolve once a mother safely delivers her baby and placenta. However, some women develop postpartum preeclampsia and experience symptoms such as high blood pressure after birth.

Prevent preeclampsia in pregnancy

Pregnancy is almost a beautiful thing, and it literally brings joy and peace to life. Unfortunately, however, pregnancy can come with complications at some point. Preeclampsia is the leading cause of maternal and fetal death in developed countries. 

This condition affects approximately 3% to 5% of all pregnancies. It is essential to be aware of the symptoms of preeclampsia. So let’s take a look at what preeclampsia is, what its symptoms are, and how to prevent or treat it to ensure a healthy and vigorous pregnancy.

Natural Ways to Prevent Preeclampsia in Pregnancy

Although there is no way to completely prevent or cure this disorder from developing once diagnosed, there are several things you can do to lower your risk. Research shows that natural remedies and lifestyle changes give you the greatest chance of a healthy pregnancy and preeclampsia-free delivery.

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1 . A healthy weight

Researchers and doctors emphasize that it is important to prepare yourself for pregnancy by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet, and getting in good physical shape before you conceive. 

Staying within a healthy weight range, i.e. maintaining a body mass index of 19-25 or below 30, greatly reduces the risk of pregnancy complications. Ongoing obesity and dieting can be detrimental to your hormone levels, metabolism, etc., and can worsen inflammation.

2. Exercise regularly

The benefits of exercise during pregnancy include reducing inflammation, helping to reach and maintain a healthy weight, and protecting against the effects of stress. Moderate and appropriate exercise is associated with healthy pregnancies, lower rates of infertility, and pregnancy complications.

3. Eat healing foods to lower blood pressure levels

Doctors recommend focusing on eating plenty of vitamins, minerals, and high-antioxidant foods before conception. Before becoming pregnant, it is good to eat less salt and eat more potassium-rich foods to fight high blood pressure.

Having a history of high blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems before pregnancy increases the risk for PE and HELLP syndrome. Focus on including plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are superfoods that are important for a healthy pregnancy.

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