Pre-eclampsia occurs in 5-10 per cent of pregnancies, and 2 per cent of these cases can be life-threatening to both mother and her child.
While Better Health Victoria state that it’s often difficult to pin-point who is at risk, they have predicted who is most vulnerable:
• Women in their first pregnancy
• Women with diabetes
• Women with a family history of the condition
• Women with high blood pressure
Currently, there is no medicinal cure for pre-eclampsia, but symptoms like high blood pressure and convulsions can be controlled through medication.