How dangerous is Pre Eclampsia?

Pre Eclampsia is usually mild, but in 10% of cases (i.e. 1% of pregnancies), it is so severe that it represents a serious threat to the life of the baby and even the mother. Every year in Australia some 200 babies die because of Pre Eclampsia, many of these as a consequence of premature delivery rather than the disease itself, as the only cure for Pre Eclampsia is delivery, irrespective of the stage of the pregnancy. Although deaths of mothers during pregnancy are rare events, Pre Eclampsia and its complications are among the most common causes of such tragedies. Worldwide, over 50,000 mothers die each year just from eclampsia, let alone the other complications of Pre Eclampsia.

Medical information supplied by:
Professor Shaun Brennecke
Director of Perinatal Medicine and University of Melbourne Department Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne