Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
How does hypertension affect pregnancy?
Effects on blood vessels and body fluids
Effects of maternal hypertension on the fetus
Common complications of severe pre-eclampsia for the mother
Summarising maternal and fetal complications of severe pre-eclampsia
Classification of hypertension during pregnancy
Classification of pre-eclampsia
Diagnostic signs of eclampsia
Risk factors for pre-eclampsia/eclampsia
Clinical features of severe pre-eclampsia.
Blurred vision/visual disturbance
Decreased or absent fetal kick
Generalised (pathologic) oedema
Clinical features of eclampsia
What can you do if you diagnose a hypertensive disorder in a pregnant woman?
Actions if pre-eclampsia is not severe
Persuading affected women to go for medical treatment
Supportive pre-referral treatment for severe pre-eclampsia
Emergency referral for eclampsia