Dr. Mills explains how a woman should advocate for her health if she is pregnant and thinks she might have preeclampsia.
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If a patient suspects that she may have preeclampsia, has swelling, edema, concerns about that, the first thing she needs to do is contact her physician, talk about what her symptoms are, talk about what her concerns are and be evaluated for those. If those symptoms are appearing rapidly and severely with severe headache, vision changes, then she may need to go directly to an emergency room or directly to a hospital that has a labor and delivery unit where she can be evaluated. Like the Banner facilities, many facilities have an obstetric triage area that patients can come into, have their blood pressure checked, have symptoms evaluated and have basic blood testing to look at organ function, monitor baby’s well-being to make sure baby is healthy and be evaluated for that condition.