How is preeclampsia treated?

Your healthcare provider will advise you on the best way to treat preeclampsia. Preeclampsia can only be cured with delivery. If the patient is at term (37 weeks gestational age or greater), the baby will be delivered. If preeclampsia develops earlier in pregnancy, the patient can be monitored closely in the hospital in an effort to prolong the pregnancy and allow for the baby to grow and develop. If the preeclampsia worsens or becomes more severe, the baby will be delivered. Women with preeclampsia can have a vaginal delivery through induction of labor—which is more likely to be successful if the patient is closer to term—or planned cesarean section. During labor and following delivery, women with preeclampsia are often given magnesium intravenously (directly into the vein) to prevent development of eclampsia.

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