Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (High Blood Pressure, Eclampsia)
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious matter during pregnancy that can harm the mother and unborn child if left untreated. A woman experiencing high blood pressure during pregnancy is at risk of experiencing seizures, convulsions, coma, risking damage to the baby, abrupt separation of the placenta, and other high-risk factors. There is no way to prevent high blood pressure caused by pregnancy, but careful monitoring and appropriate response can prevent tragic outcomes.
If pregnancy-induced hypertension becomes significantly worse before the mother’s due date, it can lead to bleeding disorders, seizures, and a condition known as eclampsia. This is a life-threatening condition that is the leading cause of death throughout the world for pregnant women and their unborn babies. In severe cases, pregnancy-induced hypertension may require an early delivery of the baby to save the life of the mother, even if the baby is premature.
If a woman and/or her infant have been harmed by eclampsia, the family should speak with a knowledgeable birth injury attorney to review the medical records. With today’s medical technology, it is inexcusable for any hospital or doctor to fail to properly address and care for a pregnant woman with high blood pressure.
If you suffered a birth injury as the result of poorly treated pregnancy-induced hypertension, we invite you to call Thering, PLLC at for a free consultation today.