Preeclampsia is a serious medical condition that can affect New Mexico mothers and, by extension, their unborn children. It is perhaps mis-named somewhat, since the only different between preeclampsia and eclampsia is that a woman with eclampsia may be prone to seizures.
Preeclampsia is a serious medical condition in its own right that tends to set in during the latter half of a woman's pregnancy. In the worst cases, it can even lead to the death of both the mother and the baby.
Other conditions flowing from preeclampsia may include premature birth or a low birth weight for the baby, severe bleeding caused by the separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus, and other severe medical problems.
A woman may or may not experience significant early warning signs of preeclampsia, which is one reason why regular and thorough prenatal checkups are very important. Things like headaches, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath and sudden vision changes are all symptoms of the condition.
The best treatment for preeclampsia is ending the pregnancy and having the child by cesarean section, if necessary. There are other treatments available, but in any event, it is critical that a physician monitor a pregnant mother well and promptly diagnose this condition should it emerge. A delayed or missed diagnosis can have tragic results.
In some cases, preeclampsia can simply be one of those things a woman has to deal with as part of a pregnancy, and doctors simply can and do their best to keep the condition from causing permanent harm. In other cases, though, doctors miss opportunities to prevent or effectively treat the condition. In these sorts of situations, victims may have the option of filing a medical malpractice case to recover compensation.