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Preeclampsia and Eclampsia after Delivery

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about preeclampsia and eclampsia after delivery?

Preeclampsia is high blood pressure (BP) that usually develops after week 20 of pregnancy. When it develops days to weeks after delivery, it may be called postpartum preeclampsia. Preeclampsia causes your BP to be 140/90 or higher. You may also have protein in your urine or organ damage. Preeclampsia can lead to life-threatening conditions such as a stroke or HELLP syndrome (blood cell destruction). It can also lead to eclampsia, a condition that causes seizures from high BP.

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What warning signs do I need to watch for?

What can I do to manage or prevent preeclampsia or eclampsia after delivery?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

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