Are there any long-term effects from Pre Eclampsia?
For most mothers, delivery will reverse all the effects of Pre Eclampsia. Unfortunately, occasionally some organ damage (for example to the kidney) remains after the disease itself is cured. Although women who have suffered Pre Eclampsia during pregnancy may develop high blood pressure later in life, this is thought to be caused by a genetic tendency to high blood pressure rather than to have been caused by the Pre Eclampsia itself. Unless babies have suffered severe nutrient starvation or oxygen deprivation in the womb or have been troubled by complications of pre-maturity, it is currently thought that babies born of mothers who have suffered Pre Eclampsia do not in themselves develop long-term health problems.
Medical information supplied by:
Professor Shaun Brennecke
Director of Perinatal Medicine and University of Melbourne Department Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne