Kim Kardashian’s Premature Delivery Could Have Been Caused by Preeclampsia: All About the Condition

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Details are now coming out that new mama Kim Kardashian may have delivered her baby girl five weeks early due to a condition called preeclampsia.

According to People, they’ve got details on the emotional night that Kardashian and her boyfriend, Kanye West, spent at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center together waiting for their arrival of their baby daughter. In their story, People confirms that Kim was admitted due to “complications” and went into premature labor.

While reports are still unconfirmed, it could be likely that Kim suffered from preeclampsia throughout her pregnancy. But what exactly is preeclampsia? It’s condition that’s a combination of high blood pressure and the appearance of protein in your urine (which is a sign that your kidneys aren’t working 100 percent). It’s also known as toxemia or pregnancy-induced hypertension and is usually diagnosed after week 20. If Kim did have the pregnancy condition, chances are she would have known about it after visiting with her doctor at (or after) week 20 during her pregnancy.

As for the public, there might have been some warning signs Kim wasn’t feeling 100 percent herself during her pregnancy, either. A noticeable symptom of the condition is swelling in your hands, feet and face. Photos taken of the star throughout her pregnancy show swelling in her feet — and she even tweeted about her swollen lips. It’s also marked by an excessive weight gain of more than four pounds in one week. Expectant moms also dealing with preeclampsia could experience vision changes, intense pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting and severe headaches. Preeclampsia can also affect the placenta, as well as mom’s kidneys, liver and brain. In some cases, it can lead to a condition called eclampsia, which creates seizures and can cause major organ problems and even death.

Preeclampsia is fairly rare (5%-10% of pregnancies) and usually pops up between week 20 and a few days after delivery. There seems to be some genetic link, so pay special attention to warning signs if your mom had preeclampsia. Risk is also increased in women with chronic hypertension, blood clotting disorders, diabetes, kidney disease or certain autoimmune diseases, as well as those who are obese, older than 40 or younger than 20, or carrying more than one fetus. Keep an eye on your body, and let your doctor know if your hands, face or feet swell excessively or if you gain more than four pounds in one week. Other warning signs include vision change, intense pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting and severe headaches. If you’re diagnosed with the condition, your doctor will monitor you very closely, limit your activities, and may induce labor a bit early.

Do you think Kim Kardashian had preeclampsia?

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