Having a baby can be both an exciting yet worrisome time in life. If you are expecting your first child, you may have hundreds of questions regarding prenatal care, labor and delivery, and how to care for a newborn infant. You hopefully have a strong support system that includes family, friends and skilled medical professionals who can answer your questions and provide encouragement and assistance throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
If you are one of many women in New Mexico who experienced adverse health symptoms during pregnancy, you’ll want to seek a correct diagnosis so your doctor and nurses can provide appropriate treatment. Some conditions are more dangerous than others. Preeclampsia is one that doctors often misdiagnose, which can be life-threatening to you or your baby.
Preeclampsia: symptoms and facts
There is a certain amount of discomfort that is typical to most pregnancies. After all, you have a baby growing inside of you. You may feel tired, heavy or even nauseous on occasion; however, if symptoms worsen or persist, it’s always a good idea to seek medical attention. The following symptoms may mean that you are suffering from preeclampsia:
- A telltale sign that often signals preeclampsia is high blood pressure. Especially if you have normal blood pressure when you are not pregnant, developing high blood pressure during pregnancy warrants close monitoring.
- The condition is called preeclampsia because if your physician properly monitors and cares for you, you may be able to avoid eclampsia, a dangerous condition that can lead to fatality.
- Giving birth to your child is essentially what “cures” preeclampsia; however, symptoms of your prenatal condition may last for several weeks following your child’s birth.
- If you notice decreased urine output, trouble with your reflexes, head or abdominal pain or feel dizzy or extremely nauseous, it is best to seek immediate medical attention to rule out preeclampsia.
Your age may also be a risk factor. If you are age 40 or more, you have a greater risk of developing this condition than women who are younger than 40. Worry causes stress and maternal stress can adversely affect an unborn baby. You’ll want to try to remain as calm as possible and discuss any issues of concern with your doctor, as soon as possible.
If something goes wrong
If you or your baby suffer injury because of doctor negligence regarding preeclampsia or some other potentially dangerous pregnancy complication, New Mexico law entitles you to seek justice.