Gestational Hypertension and Pre-Eclampsia During Pregnancy

Let's talk about one of the most fascinating and unknown syndromes that effects 2-8% of ALL pregnancies worldwide, pre-eclampsia. Scary word!

Pre-eclampsia also known as toxemia usually begins after the 20 week mark up to 34 weeks for pregnant women. It effects the liver and kidneys and if not treated can have a fatal outcome. Some of the most common symptoms of pre-eclampsia are high blood pressure, swelling of the hands and feet, and protein found in the urine.

Pre-eclampsia can happen to any woman, in any pregnancy…

First time moms, moms of multiples, women who already struggle with high blood pressure, having a history of kidney disease are all risk factors for pre-eclampsia. One of the most important things to remember is that during your pregnancy your blood volume is going to expand 50-60% of what you are already carrying with you to support the needs of your growing baby.

For proper blood volume expansion to happen there has to be adequate dietary needs being met! I recommend the Brewer Diet (more on that later). Malnutrition and placenta abnormalities are just 2 of many the leading causes for pre-eclampsia. As your baby grows so does the amount of your blood and without this increase in blood, the placenta is without "profusion" and without this "profusion" your placenta can't grow! For your blood to increase and "profuse" it takes lots of nutrients, fluids, exercise and rest.

Exhale….

Another important thing to understand is just because you are experiencing swelling does not mean you are pre-eclamptic! Talking to your midwife about your ENTIRE medical history and keeping a thorough food log are going to help in determining your risk. The "classic symptoms" are only secondary markers for pre-eclampsia; just because you have a headache doesn't mean you have a brain tumor! Often medical providers in a traditional setting don’t acknowledge the set of causes or consider other conditions that can cause symptoms similar to pre-e.

Your midwife has the ability to monitor your labwork, urine tests, dietary needs and blood pressure if there is concern. Talk to your midwife about preventative herbal supplementation for pre-e as well! Have you experienced pre-eclampsia? I would love to hear more.  

Thanks for reading!

❤ , Kee