Monday, January 30, 2012

Pre-eclampsia and PIH Resources

Pre-eclampsia is a growing concern for pregnant mamas. Diagnosis includes monitoring blood pressure and the readings on urine sticks. In the allopathic world, no one really knows what causes pre-e or how to "cure" it. Treatment includes magnesium supplementation and induction as symptoms get worse.

Symptoms include:

High blood pressure (hypertension) — 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater — documented on two occasions, at least six hours but no more than seven days apart
Excess protein in your urine (proteinuria)
Severe headaches
Changes in vision, including temporary loss of vision, blurred vision or light sensitivity
Upper abdominal pain, usually under your ribs on the right side
Nausea or vomiting
Decreased urine output
Sudden weight gain, typically more than 2 pounds (0.9 kilogram) a week

A lot of people ask for information on pre-e, so I'm finally making a list. Links open in a new window.

”Vitamin D deficiency early in pregnancy is associated with a five-fold increased risk of preeclampsia, according to a study from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.”

The study also found that newborns from the women with pre-e had low vit D levels:

”Women in the study who took 4,000 IU of the vitamin daily in their second and third trimesters showed no evidence of harm, but they had half the rate of pregnancy-related complications as women who took 400 IU of vitamin D every day, says neonatologist and study co-researcher Carol L. Wagner, MD, of the Medical University of South Carolina.”

”A dietary supplement containing an amino acid and antioxidant vitamins, given to pregnant women at high risk of pre-eclampsia, can reduce the occurrence of the disease, finds a study published on”

A somewhat limited, but enticing study:

”Chocolate may decrease the risk for preeclampsia, according to the results of a prospective cohort study reported in the May issue of Epidemiology”

A special diet:

A quick summary on diet changes:

More ideas:

Even more ideas:

Ronnie’s archives on Pregnancy Induced Hypertension and Toxemia:

Supplements to research that might help you:

Dandelion root
Red Raspberry Leaf tea
Magnesium (citrate or oxide)
High quality calcium
Red clover
Beets/beet juice
Globe Artichoke

Remember that none of this replaces medical advice or the customized, real-life assistance with an experienced care provider. At the same time, remember to research and arm yourself with information. For example, ensure that any diagnosis is made correctly with adequate testing. Often times, I hear from mamas who were diagnosed with pre-e, when only their blood pressure was monitored, and only recently or inconsistently. 

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