What Is the Treatment for Preeclampsia and Eclampsia?
The only cure for preeclampsia and eclampsia is to deliver the baby.
If the baby is not close to term, the preeclampsia can be treated until he/she has developed enough to be safely delivered. The closer the birth is to the due date, the better for baby.
If the pregnant woman has mild preeclampsia – also known as preclampsia with and without severe features, the doctor may prescribe:
- Bed rest either at home or in the hospital; rest mostly on the left side.
- Careful observation with a fetal heart rate monitor and frequent ultrasounds
- Medicines to lower blood pressure
- Blood and urine tests
The doctor also may recommend admission in hospital for closer monitoring. In the hospital, the pregnant woman may be given:
- Medicine to help prevent seizures, lower the blood pressure, and prevent other problems
- Steroid injections to help the baby’s lungs develop more quickly
For severe preeclampsia, the doctor may need to deliver the baby right away, even if the due date is not close. After delivery, signs and symptoms of preeclampsia should go away within 1 to 6 weeks.