Understanding Preeclampsia: What It Means For Mothers & Babies

Author(s): Kate Cahill

May 8, 2024


At Thomson Rogers, our medical malpractice lawyers recognize the importance of raising awareness about preeclampsia, which is one of the leading causes of illness for mothers and newborns.

Preeclampsia is a condition that can occur during pregnancy (typically after the 20th week). It is a serious multisystem progressive disorder characterized by the new onset of hypertension and proteinuria or hypertension plus end-organ dysfunction (meaning it can cause organs like the kidney and liver not to function properly). Preeclampsia can be mild or severe and may progress gradually or rapidly.  

When preeclampsia is severe, it may cause dangerous complications for the mother and fetus, particularly if seizures develop. Women who have preeclampsia are also at higher risk of stroke during pregnancy and after delivery.  

The condition poses a risk to the fetus as it can cause complications such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, intrauterine growth restriction, and preterm stillbirth.  

The only cure for preeclampsia is to give birth. Most women who have it will deliver without complication. However, these pregnancies are high-risk, and it is essential that medical providers diagnose and treat the mother while also monitoring for complications. 

Women who have health conditions that increase their risk for preeclampsia should speak to their healthcare providers about ways to reduce their risk, monitoring options and possible treatments during pregnancy.  

By raising awareness and empowering mothers with knowledge, we aim to improve outcomes for pregnant individuals and their babies and prevent needless tragedies. 

If you or a loved one has been affected by preeclampsia and suspect medical negligence, contact Thomson Rogers for help. Our experienced team is committed to providing compassionate support and legal guidance to help you seek the justice you deserve.

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