during week 29
This condition is also known as preeclamptic toxaemia
(PET). This is a potentially serious condition more
prevalent amongst first time mums and women carrying
more than one baby. It can occur more commonly in the
2nd part of the pregnancy. The cause is not known but
it is genetically determined to a large extent i.e.
it runs in the family. Once you have preeclampsia you
and your baby will be monitored closely, possibly in
a hospital or special day care unit so that delivery
can be arranged before the onset of any serious complications.
This condition shows no outward signs, hence making
it more frustrating for women who feel totally normal.
Your caregiver will be alerted of its presence if
• You have raised BP, especially if it is constantly
high for a few weeks
• Protein is found in your urine, indicating a
possible damage to your kidneys
• Your feet, ankles, hands are swollen. These
swellings can affect your face, neck causing puffiness
to your eyes and neck region
• There is a sudden unexplained weight gain