Woman with pre-eclampsia should be Treated 3 Days in Hospital

The condition of pre-eclampsia can cause certain problems in pregnancy. Doctors recommend pregnant women who had pre-eclampsia should be hospitalized for 3 days after childbirth.

The experts show the treatment for 3 days in the hospital that must be endured by the mother after childbirth is to know is there any complications that arise and can be potentially fatal for the mother.

Usually the mother will be released from the hospital a few hours after birth or after 1 night stay. But the evidence suggests if the mother had pre-eclampsia so he recommended to be treated for 3 days so that doctors can make observations.

Pre-eclampsia affects one of 10 pregnancies that can cause high blood pressure, protein in the urine and fluid retention (fluid builds up in the body that causes swelling). If not treated properly can cause death.

A journal review The obstetrician and Gynaecologist says this condition can occur even if the mother has given birth, so the mother should be closely monitored for 72 hours as inpatient and checked by the midwife for about 2 weeks.

One study found that of 151 women who had to go back into the hospital within 24 hours of delivery due to pre-eclampsia, eclampsia develops about 16 percent, 9 percent had fluid in the lungs and 1 death.

Another study found 16 per cent had postpartum eclampsia, and half had seizures within 48 hours after delivery.

Researchers said although women did not develop pre-eclampsia during pregnancy but it can suffer from high blood pressure soon after birth, therefore all women should receive blood pressure checks within 6 hours after birth.

Symptoms can appear in the form of headaches, visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting. In women with severe hypertension should be treated to prevent brain hemorrhage.

"Poor handling in hypertension after delivery sometimes put women at risk of significant complications," said Jason Waugh, co-author review The obstetrician and Gynaecologist, as quoted from the Telegraph, Monday (14/01/2013).

All women should be made aware of the symptoms of pre-eclampsia and immediately contact your doctor to get proper treatment if any symptoms. If women are known risk of hypertension, there needs to be an intense monitoring of blood pressure during pregnancy.