14What Is Eclampsia?
Eclampsia is a condition that preeclamptic women can develop. It is a severe complication of preeclampsia. Pregnant women who have been diagnosed with preeclampsia and do not receive treatment are the most at risk for developing this condition.
Eclampsia is a rare, but serious condition. The primary side effect of eclampsia
is seizures. Because seizures disturb brain activity, women who develop eclampsia can experience episodes of decreased alertness and convulsions, or violent shaking. Seizures can increase the risk of falling, which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women. In the most extreme cases, eclampsia can lead to a coma.
If a woman has been diagnosed with preeclampsia, it is vital for her to receive proper medical care to prevent the development of eclampsia. If a preeclamptic women does develop eclampsia, she may need to be hospitalized and/or deliver her baby prematurely.