Postpartum Pre-eclampsia

Postpartum preeclampsia is a condition that occurs when the blood pressure is high, and there is excess protein in the urine soon after childbirth. This condition mostly develops within 48 hours of childbirth. Postpartum preeclampsia requires proper treatment. When left untreated, it can lead to complications like seizures.

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Why is there a fluctuation of BP after delivery?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister gave birth around 10 days ago. She is 26 and it was her first pregnancy. She was discharged from the hospital within a few days and everything seemed normal. Last Friday night, a little less than a week after the birth, she went to the ER and was admitted back into the hospi...  Read Full »

Dr. Suchada Chaiwechakarn

Answer: Hello, Welcome to She has developed postpartum preeclampsia. It is rare but possible that the patients could develop hypertensive crisis from preeclampsia. If that happened the patient will need to be closely monitored in ICU and due to the medications used to control BPs might drop h...  Read Full »

How can urine infection in a postpartum preeclampsia patient be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, My 36-year-old wife has a urine infection. She was diagnosed with postpartum preeclampsia after two days of delivery of a female child. She had high blood pressure at the time of delivery but now it is normal. Her average blood pressure is 110/75. She had a severe urinary infection be...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would suggest you to repeat urine culture and drug sensitivity to determine the bacteria causing infection and the antibiotic to which it is sensitive. Few bacteria which cause urinary infection in women develop resistance very easily and become difficult to treat...  Read Full »

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