How is preeclampsia diagnosed?

Preeclampsia is often diagnosed during routine prenatal appointments, when your healthcare provider checks your weight gain, blood pressure and urine protein. If preeclampsia is suspected, additional blood tests may be ordered. In some cases, blood pressure readings will be observed in the hospital and a 24-hour urine collection is performed to check for proteinuria (protein in the urine). An ultrasound and fetal monitoring may also be used to provide more information about the baby.

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