management

Last edited 08/2019 and last reviewed 08/2019

Assessment of women with pre-eclampsia should be performed by a healthcare professional trained in the management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

The only cure for pre-eclampsia is to terminate the pregnancy and deliver the placenta despite possible risk to the foetus. Issues involved include:

  • management principles - when to treat (and with what medication), when to admit to hospital, investigations and monitoring
  • timing of the delivery
  • control of established disease with antihypertensive and anticonvulsant therapy
  • disease prevention - role of aspirin and diet (2)

All women who have had pre-eclampsia should be offered a medical review at the postnatal review (6-8 weeks after the birth)

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