Postpartum eclampsia is eclampsia that can occur anywhere between 48 hours
after childbirth and six weeks after childbirth, per the Mayo Clinic.
Seizures make this a life-threatening condition if not properly treated.
If your doctor failed to diagnose or neglected to properly address postpartum
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Postpartum Eclampsia Symptoms
Postpartum preeclampsia symptoms are often ignored because the mother is
focused on her new baby.Women should, however, be wary of the following:
- protein in the urine, which has no signs or symptoms in the early stages
of proteinuria, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
but “large amounts of protein in the urine may cause it to look
foamy in the toilet;”
- high blood pressure, which is “largely a symptomless condition,”
according to the American Heart Association;
- vision changes;
- stomach pain; and
- rapid weight gain.
Like preeclampsia, postpartum preeclampsia should be carefully monitored
by a doctor to avoid complications, such organ damage, blood clots,
Treatment for Postpartum Preeclampsia
Medication such as magnesium sulfate can help prevent seizures, and antihypertensive
drugs can be prescribed to lower blood pressure.
When to Consult a Medical Malpractice Attorney
Doctors have a duty to treat preeclampsia symptoms in a timely fashion
to prevent further complications. If you suspect negligence contributed
to or caused severe and debilitating injuries, we welcome you to
contact our Cleveland office today for a free consultation. Or
request our free, easy-to-read guide to filing a malpractice claim in Ohio.