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During the second half of your pregnancy your blood pressure rises again. If it gets too high, it can be a sign of pre-eclampsia. This is not a common pregnancy complaint, but it is important to recognize the symptoms. If you have pre-eclampsia, you may have some of the following symptoms:

  • headache
  • vision changes
  • pain below your right ribcage
  • nausea and vomiting
  • sudden swelling of your hands, feet or face
  • feeling generally unwell

Pre-eclampsia is when you become hypersensitive and react to particles from the child and the placenta. The condition is usually discovered during a routine blood test. Most women who suffer from pre-eclampsia have a mild form that can be treated, but some may need to be admitted to the hospital for emergency care. Contact your health care provider if you have one or more of the symptoms listed above.

Source: - Myles Textbook for Midwives 16th edition Jayne Marshall Maureen Raynor