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Preeclampsia is a condition during pregnancy causing hypertension and excess protein in the urine.

Its causes are not clear but some of the risk factors include:

  • First pregnancy
  • Family history of preeclampsia
  • Multiple babies
  • Pregnancy before 20 or over 35 years of age
  • Certain medical condition like high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes


  • Swelling of feet and hands
  • Sudden increase in weight
  • Headaches
  • Excessive nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Reduced urination
  • Vision problems
  • Pain in abdomen


  • Bed rest
  • Medication to reduce blood pressure
  • Delivery
  • Abortion

There is no way to prevent preeclampsia.