If you have recently been told by a doctor that you have eclampsia or pre-eclampsia, it’s very important that you learn more about what it is and what the stages of the condition are. As if it is not difficult enough to be a pregnant woman, pre-eclampsia is a condition that occurs in pregnancy and greatly increases your risk factor for the pregnancy.
It’s vital that you learn as much as you can about how the disorder is characterized, how it affects you and also how to know if you may have it. This is not meant to be sound medical advice and should never replace the evaluation and treatment of a qualified physician but it is a good way to get an idea of what the condition is all about in case you or someone you love may have it.
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that happens in pregnancy that can cause convulsion. It usually happens after 20 weeks of pregnancy but in rare cases, can happen earlier. It usually happens with the first child but again, can sometimes happen after multiple children.
Eclampsia can happen before, during or after the labor process and the unfortunate fact is that even if no signs of pre-eclampsia were showing, eclampsia can still happen. The only true way to know if you have the disorder is with eclamptic convulsions. This can happen in four different stages of severe pain.
Here are the common stages of eclampsia:
1. This stage is often missed by the pregnant woman unless she is aware she is at risk and is actively looking for it. Hand and face muscles may slightly twitch and your eyes may roll.
2. In this stage that occurs shortly after the first, the teeth will clench up and the arms and legs go rigid. The expecting mother could bite her tongue and her face and hand muscles can clench up. There is also a possible loss of breath for 30 seconds or so.
3. Now as it moves to the third stage, it gets very severe. The muscles will jerk violently and there can be bloody and/or frothy saliva. This can last about two minutes and usually leads to heart failure or a coma.
4. In the final stage, the woman will be in an unconscious state. This is something that can last for hours or that can happen and pass very quickly. Some women will die before reaching this final stage so eclampsia is a very serious condition and pre-eclamspia is not to be taken lightly.
Keep in mind that these stages can vary from woman to woman and you may not follow them exactly and to the tee but when you have a general idea of the stages of eclampsia, you will know what is happening to you or someone you love as it is happening.