A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Preeclampsia
I had a question the other day about preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is new high blood pressure after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
It usually goes away after you give birth.
Not all high blood pressure is preeclampsia.
In some women, blood pressure goes up very high in the second or third trimester.
This is sometimes called gestational hypertension, and it can lead to preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia can be dangerous for you and your baby.
It can keep the baby from getting enough blood and oxygen.
It also can harm your liver, kidneys, and brain.
Women with very bad preeclampsia can have dangerous seizures.
This is called eclampsia.
Experts don’t know the exact cause.
Preeclampsia seems to start because the placenta doesn’t grow the usual network of blood vessels deep in the wall of your uterus.
This leads to poor blood flow in the placenta.
If your mother had preeclampsia while she was pregnant with you, you have a higher chance of getting it during pregnancy.
You also have a higher chance of getting it if the mother of your baby’s father had preeclampsia.
Already having high blood pressure when you get pregnant raises your chance of getting preeclampsia.
Mild preeclampsia usually doesn’t cause symptoms.
But preeclampsia can cause rapid weight gain and sudden swelling of your hands and face.
Severe preeclampsia causes symptoms like a very bad headache and trouble seeing and breathing.
It also can cause belly pain and decreased urination.
Preeclampsia is usually found during a prenatal visit.
This is one reason why it’s so important to go to all of your prenatal visits.
During these visits, your blood pressure is measured.
A sudden increase in blood pressure often is the first sign of a problem.
You also will have a urine test to look for protein, another sign of preeclampsia.
If you have high blood pressure, tell your doctor right away if you have a headache or belly pain.
These signs of preeclampsia can occur before protein shows up in your urine.
The only cure for preeclampsia is having your baby.
You may get medicines to lower your blood pressure and to prevent seizures.
You also may get medicine to help your baby’s lungs get ready for birth.
Your doctor will try to deliver your baby when the baby has grown enough to be ready for birth.
To deal with preeclampsia it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).