What Does Preeclampsia Headache Feel Like?

Headaches From Preeclampsia/Eclampsia

Preeclampsia causes high blood pressure and protein in the urine.

Unlike migraines though, a preeclampsia-related headache may be associated with other worrisome features like blurry or double vision and abdominal pain.

What were your first signs of preeclampsia?

Signs of Preeclampsia

  • High blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Lower back pain related to impaired liver function.
  • Changes in vision, usually in the form of flashing lights or inability to tolerate bright light.
  • Sudden weight gain of more than 4 pounds in a week.
  • Protein in the urine (proteinuria).
  • Shortness of breath.

What does preeclampsia abdominal pain feel like?

An often overlooked but widely reported symptom of preeclampsia is epigastric pain. This type of pain will usually present in the right upper quadrant under the ribs and may feel like indigestion. However, other women have reported the pain is sharper and more “stabbing” like.

How quickly can preeclampsia develop?

Preeclampsia can happen as early as 20 weeks into pregnancy, but that’s rare. Symptoms often begin after 34 weeks. In a few cases, symptoms develop after birth, usually within 48 hours of delivery. They tend to go away on their own but can last up to 12 weeks after birth.

Can you have preeclampsia with normal blood pressure?

Previously, preeclampsia was only diagnosed if high blood pressure and protein in the urine were present. However, experts now know that it’s possible to have preeclampsia, yet never have protein in the urine. However, a single high blood pressure reading doesn’t mean you have preeclampsia.