The only cure for preeclampsia is delivery. You’re at increased risk of seizures, placental abruption, stroke and possibly severe bleeding until your blood pressure decreases. Of course, if it’s too early in your pregnancy, delivery may not be the best thing for your baby.
If your baby developed enough (usually 37 weeks or later), your doctor may want your baby o be delivered so the preeclampsia doesn’t get worse. You may receive different treatments to help trigger labor. If your baby isn’t fully developed and you have mild preeclampsia, the disease can be often be managed at home until your baby has good chance of surviving after delivery. The doctor may suggest you these following list:
- Getting bed rest at home, lying on your left side most or all of the time.
- Drinking extra glasses of water a day and eating less salt.
- Following up with your doctor more often to make sure you and your baby are doing well.
- Taking medicines to lower your blood pressure.
Treatment may involve:
1. Medications to lower blood pressure
These medications, called anti hypertensives, are used to lower your blood pressure until delivery.
If you have severe preeclampsia, corticosteroid medications can temporarily improve liver and platelet functioning to help prolong your pregnancy. Corticosteroids can also help your baby’s lungs become more mature in as little as 48 hours — an important step in helping a premature baby prepare for life outside the womb.
3. Anticonvulsive medications
If your preeclampsia is severe, your doctor may prescribe an anticonvulsive medication, such as magnesium sulfate, to prevent a first seizure.