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There is no known way to prevent preeclampsia. However, you can take steps to lower your risk.
Talk with your health care provider about how hypertension might affect your pregnancy and what you can do to lower your risk of complications.
If you had preeclampsia during your first pregnancy, your risk of developing preeclampsia again is about 15%.2 Your risk is even higher if you delivered your first child before 28 weeks of pregnancy or if you are overweight or obese.2
Your risk of having preeclampsia again is also higher if you developed preeclampsia early in your previous pregnancy, if you developed chronic hypertension or diabetes after the first pregnancy, or if you had in vitro fertilization or are carrying more than one fetus. Having severe preeclampsia or HELLP syndrome during the first pregnancy also raises your risk.
If you had HELLP syndrome during a pregnancy, you have about a 25% chance of getting it again.3
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