Following the birth of a child, the body goes through some more miraculous changes. From the shrinking of the uterus to the production of milk, our bodies are truly amazing. Each woman's body reacts differently to birth and it is to these differences that we must pay attention. While some women experience the signs of preeclampsia during pregnancy – swelling, high blood pressure, and protein in urine — others do not until after the birth.
Postpartum preeclampsia is a serious but controllable condition that can occur in women who did not experience any of the signs while pregnant. The condition usually comes in the 48 hours after birth but can take up to six weeks to appear.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
Signs and symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia include severe, persistent headaches and blurry vision. The cause isn't well understood. Although postpartum preeclampsia is a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention, it is usually short-lived. With proper treatment, blood pressure usually returns to normal within a few days or weeks with no long-term adverse effects.
Women who notice postpartum swelling of their feet, as well as high blood pressure and headaches should contact their doctors immediately. If the condition is not treated quickly, it can lead to seizures and hypertension. While treatment is usually simple, it needs to be started as soon as possible.
Did you experience postpartum preeclampsia, and what did you do to resolve the issue?