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When to Worry About a Pregnancy Headache

Headaches in pregnancy are very common, caused by everything from hormones and changes in posture to caffeine withdrawal. Occasionally, though, headaches can be an indication of a serious complication like preeclampsia, in which dangerously high blood pressure puts mom and baby in jeopardy. But how can you tell the difference?

Early Markers for Preeclampsia Discovered

Unless you skipped over the scary chapter on pregnancy complications in What to Expect When You're Expecting, you may know that preeclampsia happens when a pregnant woman's blood pressure rises to dangerously high levels, putting mom and baby in jeopardy.

Can Low-Dose Aspirin Prevent Preeclampsia?

You’re familiar with low-dose aspirin’s blood-thinning properties, but what can it do for you during pregnancy?

First off, baby aspirin is sometimes given to women who have had multiple pregnancy losses during their first trimester, the theory being that clotting disorders can cause pregnancy loss, says Jeff Chapa, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic’s Maternal Fetal Medicine department.

Real-life Stories: Moms-to-be on Bed Rest

"The ladies I met online while on bed rest were like virtual nurses!”

- Casey Mclendon, Kannapolis, N.C.

When I was six months pregnant, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had to start testing my blood four times a day, alter my diet and go on medication.

Eclampsia And Tragedy

We watched.  Did you?  If you haven’t yet seen last night’s episode of "Downton Abbey," beware:  Spoiler Alert!  

Low Vitamin D Tied to Preeclampsia

New findings published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggest that women who develop preeclampsia have lower blood levels of vitamin D than healthy moms-to-be, Reuters reports. Most experts recommend a vitamin D blood level of at least 42 nanograms per milliliter for overall good health.

Do I have preeclampsia?

Just when I thought we were in the clear, we’ve been thrown another curveball. At my last two prenatal appointments, my blood pressure has been "too high" (140/90 or above)--out of the acceptable range to deliver at the birth center.

Stretching May Prevent Preeclampsia

Vigorous exercise can lower a woman’s risk of developing pregnancy-induced hypertension, or preeclampsia, a complication that affects up to 8 percent of pregnancies. But a new study suggests an even simpler tactic: stretching.

Scary Stuff

Six weeks into her second pregnancy, Kim Schuler Heinrichs thought all was lost. After learning she was pregnant, Schuler, now a mother of three in Allentown, Pa., started bleeding and cramping. "My husband and I were sure we were losing the baby," she says, "but soon the doctor found a heartbeat." A trouble-free seven months later, Schuler gave birth to a healthy girl.

Pregnant Chocolate Lovers, Take Heart

Eating well during pregnancy needn't mean giving up your favorite candy. A Yale study found that expectant moms who ate chocolate five or more times a week had a lower risk for preeclampsia than those who ate it less than once a week. Dark chocolate, in particular, contains a substance thought to have cardiovascular benefits that help prevent preeclampsia.