Preeclampsia affects the flow of blood to the placenta. Risks to the fetus include:
According to the Preeclampsia Foundation , each year, about 10,500 infants in the United States and about half a million worldwide die due to preeclampsia.1 Stillbirths are more likely to occur when the mother has a more severe form of preeclampsia, including HELLP syndrome.
Preeclampsia also can raise the risk of some long-term health issues related to preterm birth, including learning disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, deafness, and blindness. Infants born preterm also risk extended hospitalization and small size. Infants who experienced poor growth in the uterus may later be at higher risk of diabetes, congestive heart failure, and hypertension.2
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