“I had severe pre-eclampsia in pregnancy and my pregnancy was terminated but both our lives were saved”

I developed severe pre-eclampsia while pregnant on my first child. My pregnancy was terminated and my baby was intensive care for a time but now both me and my daughter are alive and well.

Pre-eclampsia is a serious medical condition of pregnancy, most often occurring in first pregnancies. It is often asymptomatic, i.e. the person doesn’t feel sick. The three classic signs are high blood-pressure, swelling of the hands and feet, and protein in the urine. It is particularly serious for the developing child as it stunts growth. It is vital that women experiencing pre-eclampsia rest as much as possible; bed rest being the ideal. It can prevent the complications which I experienced.