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Postpartum Pre-eclampsia

You have made it through delivery, but now, more than ever, your health is a priority. Postpartum Pre-eclampsia is a serious disease, specific to women in the first 6 weeks following delivery, related to high blood pressure. Very often, there are no obvious signs of pre-eclampsia so it is important for everyone on your care team to be aware you have had, or at risk for this condition.

To help your care team be aware of your risks, we have given you a blue alert bracelet to wear. Please wear your wristband for the next 6 weeks and to all follow up appointments so your care provider is aware of your risk and as a personal reminder to be alert for warning signs below.

Warning Signs of Postpartum Pre-eclampsia:

  • Stomach Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Swelling in hands or face
  • Headaches
  • Seeing spots or vision changes
  • Shortness of breath

Risks to You:

  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Organ Damage
  • Death

What should you do if you are at risk?

  • Follow-up with your maternity care provider within 2-5 days for a blood pressure check
  • Keep all follow-up appointments and wear your bracelet
  • Call your maternity care provider if you experience any of the warning signs
  • Go directly to the emergency room and report you have been recently pregnant if warning signs present themselves

What do you do if you are taking your blood pressure at home and it seems high?

Call your OB provider:
If your blood pressure is more than 140/90 (if either number is high)

Go to the Emergency Department:
If your blood pressure is more than 140/90 (if either number is high) and tell them that you have recently had a baby and are at risk. Your blood pressure needs to be treated right away.

18% of the deaths related to pregnancy in 2015-2016 resulted from seizures due to pre-eclampsia, but with awareness and early treatment, it is preventable! If you have any symptoms, call your OB provider immediately or visit the ED.