Sally was upset to learn that she is at risk for preeclampsia on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but as Adam assured her, she did the right thing by going to the doctor quickly and hopefully the condition can be managed if she is eventually diagnosed with the condition.
Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that can result in high blood pressure, high levels of protein in urine indicating kidney damage, or other signs of organ damage. Along with high blood pressure, changes in vision — including temporary vision loss, blurred vision, or light sensitivity — are also one of the symptoms. It was Sally’s brief attack of double vision in the park that led her to go to the doctor. Other symptoms of preeclampsia can include severe headaches, shortness of breath, pain in the upper belly, and nausea or vomiting.
If the preeclampsia isn’t severe, the condition can be managed until it is time to deliver the baby. And depending on the severity of the condition, early delivery of the baby may be recommended. Frequent doctor visits are recommended to continuously monitor blood pressure and other factors. If the preeclampsia is severe, the patient may be required to stay in the hospital to monitor their symptoms more carefully.
Complications of preeclampsia can include a slowing of the baby’s growth, premature birth, placental abruption, cardiovascular disease, organ damage, and eclampsia, which are dangerous seizures that occur during pregnancy.
Currently, Sally has said that she is only at risk for preeclampsia and is going to begin taking a new medication. Low-dose aspirin is often recommended to patients at risk for the condition. More serious drugs to treat high blood pressure would only be prescribed for severe preeclampsia.
Obviously, learning that you’re at risk for any kind of complications is frightening for any expectant mother. Luckily, Sally has both Adam and Nick to lean on for support as she prepares to welcome her baby girl. Stay tuned to Y&R to see how the storyline develops!