Early diagnosis by identifying symptoms and acting appropriately is the most important aspect. The following tests may be carried out if the healthcare professional suspects the patients have postpartum preeclampsia:
- Blood tests: Through these tests, the liver, kidneys, and blood can all be examined to see how well they’re working and whether platelets are present in the blood in a normal amount.
- Urinalysis: A small sample of a urine may be analyzed to discover if it includes protein, or a 24-hour sample of urine so the total amount of protein can be determined.
- Brain scan: if the patient had history of seizure, then brain scan is recommended to check for any brain damage.
The following treatments could be recommended if the doctor determines the patient have postpartum preeclampsia:
- Blood pressure medicines: Prescribe medications that lower the blood pressure.
- Antiseizures medicines: Magnesium sulfate will be prescribed to prevent seizures. Usually, magnesium sulfate is given for 24 hours. Healthcare professionals will regularly monitor their blood pressure, urine, and other symptoms after they finish taking magnesium sulfate.
- Blood thinner: Anticoagulants medicines will be given to reduce the risk of blood clots.
It’s typically regarded as safe to breastfeed while taking these medications for breastfeeding mothers.