If you have preeclampsia, delivery of the baby is the best way to protect both you and your baby. This isn't always possible, because it may be too early for the baby to live outside of the womb.

  1. If delivery isn't possible because it's too early in your pregnancy, steps can be taken to manage the preeclampsia until the baby can be delivered.
  2. These steps include making your blood pressure drop, with bed-rest or medicines, and keeping a close eye on you and your baby. In some cases, hospitalization may be necessary.
  3. One way to control high blood pressure when you're not pregnant is to cut the amount of salt you eat. This isn't a good idea if you have high blood pressure during pregnancy.
  4. Your body needs salt to keep up the flow of fluid in your body, so you need a normal intake of salt. Your doctor will tell you how much salt to eat each day and how much water you should drink each day.
  5. Your doctor might tell you to take aspirin or extra calcium to prevent preeclampsia.
  6. Your doctor might also tell you to lie on your left side while you are resting. This will improve blood flow and take weight off your large blood vessels.
  7. Many doctors give magnesium sulfate to their patients during labor and for a few days afterward to help prevent eclampsia.