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"Pre-eclampsia: Beyond Symptoms to Understanding Physiology"

Updated: Apr 4

Pre-eclampsia, a condition affecting 6-8% of pregnancies, poses challenges in diagnosis and management. In this episode, we explore its physiological implications, providing pregnant women and birthworkers with knowledge and informed questions.

Definition of Pre-Eclampsia: Pre-eclampsia is a multisystem disorder in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, proteinuria, and edema. It involves metabolic toxemia, leading to various metabolic disturbances and toxins affecting maternal and fetal health. It is often misunderstood as high blood pressure episodes or previous pregnancy history, necessitating careful evaluation beyond symptoms. Early detection and management are vital to prevent serious complications like eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.

Actual Changes in Circulatory, Liver, and Kidney Systems: Pre-eclampsia is a condition resulting from disruption of normal blood flow, liver function, and kidney health, and hence care for it goes beyond just High Blood Pressure, while High Blood pressure is a common symptom, the root causes can be varied and a lot of physical changes can be managed, we do not talk about emotional changes affecting the body in this episode.

Questions for Pregnant Women: Empowerment comes through informed inquiry. Pregnant women can ask about symptoms, additional tests, birth plan adjustments, and factors influencing diagnosis to navigate pre-eclampsia with confidence. While it is difficult to question diagnosis , one can through learning about how preeclampsia originates and which system can it impact , one can ask the right questions, we share two such important questions for you to hear in this episode.

By understanding the physiological implications of pre-eclampsia and asking informed questions, pregnant women can advocate for their health and well-being during pregnancy. Birthworkers play a crucial role in supporting women through this challenging condition, emphasizing the importance of individualized care and holistic approaches to pregnancy and childbirth. Through collaboration and education, we can enhance the diagnosis and management of pre-eclampsia, ensuring optimal outcomes for mothers and babies.

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