Expert legal advice from Ison Harrison solicitors

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered. Early sign such as high blood pressure (hypertension) and protein in your urine should be picked up during your routine antenatal appointments.

In some cases other symptoms can develop such as:

  • Swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands caused by fluid retention (oedema);
  • Severe headache;
  • Vision problems;
  • Pain just below the ribs

If you experience any of these symptoms you should seek medical advice. Most cases of pre-eclampsia are mild, however the condition can lead to serious complications for both mother and baby if it is not monitored correctly.

If pre-eclampsia isn’t diagnosed and monitored correctly a number of complications can develop, although they are rare.

Complications include:

  • Fits (eclampsia);
  • HELLP syndrome (a rare liver and blood clotting disorder);
  • Stroke;
  • Organ problems (pulmonary oedema, kidney failure and liver failure);
  • Blood clotting disorder;
  • Problems affecting the baby (slow development, stillbirth)

If you have experienced pre-eclampsia or other infection, please contact our clinical negligence team today for expert advice. Call us on 0113 284 5745 or email

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