Pre-Eclampsia Specialist

Capital Women's Care

OBGYNs located in Rockville, MD & Silver Spring, MD

At Capital Women’s Care, the goal of the obstetric team is to ensure your journey into motherhood is as smooth as possible. There are times, however, when problems with your health, such as preeclampsia, develop. That means you need extra care. Rest assured the obstetricians have the combined knowledge and experience to help you navigate this tricky condition. To learn more, call one of the two locations in Rockville and Silver Spring, Maryland or schedule an appointment online.

Pre-Eclampsia Q & A

What is preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia, which affects between 5-8% of pregnancies, is a condition where your blood pressure elevates to potentially dangerous levels. Preeclampsia typically comes on after your 20th week of pregnancy and often develops on the heels of gestational hypertension.

Preeclampsia can be dangerous and have a severe impact on your organs, namely your kidneys and liver.

Who is at risk of developing preeclampsia?

While there’s no single cause of preeclampsia, there are many factors that contribute to its development, including:

  • Pre-existing blood pressure issues
  • Problems with preeclampsia during a previous pregnancy
  • A history of kidney disease
  • Family history of preeclampsia
  • First-time mothers
  • Obesity
  • Multiple babies
  • Women who are under 20 and over 40

What are the symptoms of preeclampsia?

If you’re keeping up with your prenatal care, you’ll notice the team at Capital Women’s Care monitor your blood pressure quite closely. Your obstetrician also takes urine samples to check your protein levels, which is another indicator of preeclampsia.

If, however, you experience any of the following in between visits, call your doctor right away:

  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Urinating infrequently and only small amounts
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain in your abdomen

How is preeclampsia treated?

Your treatment plan depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. If your preeclampsia is mild and your baby is still developing, the doctors at Capital Women’s Care typically recommend the following:

  • Drinking more water
  • Reducing your salt intake and increasing the amount of protein in your diet
  • More rest (lying on your left side)
  • Elevating your feet

Your obstetrician will also want to see you more often to monitor the condition.

If your preeclampsia is moderate to severe and your baby hasn’t reached full development, the doctor may try to lower your blood pressure with medication, and they’ll recommend complete bed rest and dietary restrictions. If your baby is fully developed, the obstetrician usually recommends you deliver, for both your health and the health of the baby.

The obstetricians at Capital Women's Care perform deliveries at Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. All three hospitals have 24-hour anesthesia services, 24-hour in-hospital obstetricians, and 24-hour in-hospital neonatologists.

If you’re concerned about preeclampsia, call Capital Women’s Care, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.