After a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery, you may feel as if it is now smooth sailing and the worst is behind you. But for some women, the time after the birth becomes the most dangerous.
Postpartum preeclampsia is a potentially deadly condition that develops after delivery. It involves abnormally high blood pressure and protein in the urine.
One of the most concerning issues with postpartum preeclampsia is it can take time to develop. For some women, it happens rather quickly after delivery, within two days. But others could develop it weeks after birth when they are less likely to attribute their symptoms to a birth-related condition.
If you allow the condition to go without treatment, it can lead to seizures and even death. You could develop fluid in your lungs, which can make it difficult to breathe. It can lead to a stroke or organ damage.
It is essential to pay attention to symptoms that may develop after delivery. You should always speak to your healthcare provider if you suddenly start to develop new issues after delivery. The common signs of postpartum preeclampsia are nausea, shortness of breath, headaches, high blood pressure, protein in the urine, pain under the ribs and vision changes.
You should seek immediate medical care if you see these symptoms. It is important to advocate for yourself as well if your healthcare provider is not taking you seriously. Insist on having your blood pressure and urine checked at a minimum to see if you are showing signs of the condition. Do not be afraid to seek a second opinion if your doctor is not listening to your concerns.