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Homoeopathic treatment for pre-eclampsia

This is a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria.  most often the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal.

 

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS OF PRE-ECLAMPSIA

Pre-eclampsia, which occurs only in pregnancy, has several features. Two common signs of pre-eclampsia are:

  • high blood pressure
  • protein in the urine.

Because these signs often don’t cause any symptoms, they are usually detected at a routine ante-natal check-up.

Other features of pre-eclampsia may include:

  • oedema (swelling), usually of the face, hands, feet and ankles;
  • persistent headaches;
  • blurred vision;
  • shortness of breath;
  • nausea and vomiting; and
  • upper abdominal pain.

If you are pregnant and develop a severe or persistent headache, abdominal pain or sudden onset of blurred vision, you should seek urgent medical attention.

 

Causes

While the exact cause of pre-eclampsia is not known, it is thought to be related to a problem with the placenta — the connection between mother and baby. The placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to your developing baby.

In pre-eclampsia, the blood vessels that supply the placenta don’t develop properly, leading to problems with the placenta itself. This may affect blood flow through the placenta and also affect the mother’s blood pressure.

It’s possible that the immune system or certain genes are involved in the development of pre-eclampsia.

Risk factors

Several factors are known to increase the risk of developing pre-eclampsia.

The main risk factors include:

  • having had pre-eclampsia in a previous pregnancy; or
  • having pre-existing high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, clotting disorders or lupus.

Additional factors that can increase your risk (particularly if there are 2 or more risk factors) include:

  • if it is your first pregnancy, or your first pregnancy with your current partner;
  • having a family history of pre-eclampsia;
  • being older than 40 years of age;
  • being obese;
  • being pregnant with more than one baby (e.g. twins); and
  • having a gap of more than 10 years between pregnancies.

 complications

-Low birthweight babies.

-Bleeding problems

-In some cases the premature separation of the placenta from the uterus before the baby is born.

-Rupture of the liver

-Seizures

-Stroke (cerebral haemorrhage)

-Patient also experiences HELLP syndrome ( hemolysis with nausea, vomiting, headache and upper right abdominal pain )

-Eclampsia

-Cardiovascular disease

-Death in very rare cases

-Blindness

-Pulmonary oedema

 Diagnosis

In many cases, pre-eclampsia is first diagnosed after routine blood pressure checks and/or urine tests reveal abnormalities.

If pre-eclampsia is suspected, further assessment and testing may be recommended in hospital or a day assessment unit under the care of an obstetrician (specialist in pregnancy and childbirth).

Tests may include:

  • urine tests for protein;
  • blood tests to check your kidney function, liver enzymes and platelets (cells in the blood that are responsible for clotting); and
  • ultrasound scans to check the baby’s development, the amount of amniotic fluid and blood flow through the umbilical artery to the baby.

 

Long-term effects of pre-eclampsia

Studies have shown that having had pre-eclampsia can increase a woman’s risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke later in life.

Ensuring that you follow a healthy lifestyle (not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity) can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

 MANAGEMENT

• Adequate bed rest

 Try mild yoga and reduce activities

 Drink plenty of water

 Low sodium intake

 Avoid transfatty acids and saturated fats

• Quit smoking and alcohol

• Close monitoring of the mother and baby.

• Low activities during pregnancy

• Regular monitoring of the baby

• Sufficient vitamin D

• Cesarean section

• Fetal kick count also helps in monitoring babies activities

• Magnesium sulphate treatment act as anticonvulsant.

HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Yes, homeopathy can help in pre eclampsia cases.And severity of the case is depend upon the patient to patient and their history.Some homeopathic medicines are:

  • Natrium muriaticum
  • Sulphur
  • Thlaspi bursa pastoris
  • Terebinthinae oleum
  • Plumbum metallicum