Preeclampsia Signs and Symptoms

Let’s have a serious chat about preeclampsia. This is a conversation that I have with my clients in the beginning of the second trimester. Preeclampsia is a complication that can develop in pregnancy. It usually begins after 20 weeks in women whose blood pressure has been normal, but suddenly spikes. Left untreated, it can lead to serious complications for both you and your sweet babe. The most effective treatment of preeclampsia is delivery, but here are some symptoms and signs that you  might want to be aware of. The first sign is usually a rise in blood pressure, this may happen gradually or be a sudden onset. Blood Pressure that exceeds 140/90 is considered elevated and needs to be evaluated immediately. Magnolia may be calming to high blood pressure, here is an oil blend that also has worked for some. 

Blood Pressure Blend

6 Ylang Ylang

6 Helichrysum

4 Frankincense

4 Marjoram

4 Cassia

Put in a  10 mL roller bottle and top with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to the heart and lymph area, wrists and to pulse points, behind the ear 3-4 times a day. 

Other signs of preeclampsia may include excess protein in your urine, which usually means you’re not getting enough protein in your diet. So when you go to your care provider and you have to pee in a cup and dip your urine stick, that’s when you will see that there’s protein in your urine. This is why I recommend 80-100 grams of protein everyday. Protein at every meal and protein snacks in between. A clean protein shake is a great protein snack mid day. I love Doterra’s Trim shakes for that. Increased weight gain from water retention, usually around 5lbs in less than a week is something to be concerned about. Grapefruit essential oil in your water helps to relieve your body of that excess water. Also Juniper Berry essential oil on your low back to support your kidneys. Headaches that won’t go away, PastTense, Frankincense, Basil, Copaiba, those are all great essential oils to help with that discomfort. Changes in your vision, any blurred vision or light sensitivity. Severe pain in your upper abdomen, usually under your ribs on your right side, contact your care provider ASAP if you have severe headaches, blurry vision, any visual disturbances or severe pain in your abdomen. Most important, be proactive, get that protein in 80-100 grams a day is so important.  

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