How is postpartum preeclampsia treated?

If your healthcare provider determines you have postpartum preeclampsia, the following treatments might be prescribed:

  • Blood pressure medicine to lower your pressure levels
  • Anti-seizure medicine, such as magnesium sulfate, to prevent seizures (one of the most common risks of postpartum preeclampsia).
  • Anti-coagulant (blood thinner) medications to reduce the risk of blood clots.

Let your healthcare provider know if you are breast feeding so he or she can advise whether the medications are safe for your infant.

What are the complications of postpartum preeclampsia?

Left untreated, postpartum preeclampsia can lead to serious complications, including:

  • Permanent damage to the brain, liver and kidney.
  • Pulmonary edema: A condition of excess fluid in the lungs.
  • Stroke.
  • Thromboembolism: A blood clot that forms and breaks loose in the blood vessels. This can cause death or stroke by blocking a vessel in the lungs, brain, kidneys or legs.
  • HELLP syndrome: A condition in which red blood cells are destroyed, liver enzymes are elevated and the body has a low platelet count. This can be life-threatening.
  • Death.

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