Preeclampsia is a serious pregnancy complication characterised by prolonged high blood pressure (hypertension) developed during pregnancy or postpartum. It is also associated with high levels of protein in the urine (proteinuria), which indicate kidney damage. Preeclampsia usually develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Symptoms of preeclampsia include headaches, blurred vision, oversensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. The majority of women with preeclampsia will deliver healthy babies; however, some women will experience complications that may cause significant risks to the mother and baby’s life.

Video: What is Pre-eclampsia?

This explanatory video was created with the support of the HRB for the HRB Mother and baby CTN lead by Prof Fergal Malone at The Rotunda Hospital Dublin.