What is preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy that affects 5% of women in Australia. Preeclampsia is diagnosed when a pregnant woman has high blood pressure and has signs of organ damage, such as protein in her urine.
Preeclampsia is caused by a disease process in the placenta that releases toxins into the pregnant woman's circulation. These toxins can cause blood vessel damage in major organs such as the brain, kidney and liver.