What are my chances of developing pre eclampsia again?

I developed pre eclampsia at 37 weeks with my son he was delivered via a emergency cecarian at just 39 weeks. My recovery took months I was very ill so because I was so ill plus me and my husband were young infact we were both 18 we decided to wait 4 years for another. I'm now 22 and 6weeks pregnant tomorrow so I'm worried incase I develop pre eclampsia again. Does anyone have any advice on this thanks.


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  • Hi there,

    Sorry to hear that you had souch a tough delivery and recovery last time around. You might find the information about pre eclampsia on the NHS website helpful - this page outlines risk factors for pre eclampisa and what the possible causes are: nhs.uk/Conditions/Pre-eclam...

    Best thing to do is probably speak with your GP/midwife about your previous experience as soon as possible, and hopefully you will be fine this time around.

    Wishing you all the best!

    Alice x

  • Hi there, sorry to hear about what you've been through. I can't advise on your chances, but I can tell you what happened to me. In my first pregnancy 8 years ago I developed Pre-E at 24 weeks. I was induced 4 days later as I was becoming very ill. I had a tiny baby boy, and we lost him 11 days later ;( They did tests on me for "sticky blood" syndrome and Lupus in case there was an underlying cause but nothing was found.

    I became pregnant again later that year and was monitored very closely all the way through. I was on BP medication, low dose aspirin and had regular BP checks. I went on to have a healthy full-term girl, with no signs of Pre-E at all during the pregnancy.

    I am currently 24 weeks pregnant again, on low-dose aspirin only, weekly BP checks and so far no signs of anything untoward. :)

    After the first time, my Consultant told me that it was uncommon to get it again, but that first-time pregnancies, and pregnancies with a new partner it was more common. They couldn't say what my chances were though.

    Good luck, and best wishes x

  • Thanks hun I'm going to broach the subject at my first antenatal appointment because I nearly died and so did my son so I just want it monitering hopefully fingers crossed I will be ok x

  • I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too hun xxx

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