Causes and risk factors of Pre-eclampsia

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The reasons behind some women developing pre-eclampsia is not known.

The risk of it developing is higher in women who:

  • Are pregnant for the first time.
  • Have had pre-eclampsia in previous pregnancies or a family history of it.
  • Have a history of chronic high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes mellitus or autoimmune disease.
  • Are 40 years of age or older.
  • Have a multiple pregnancy.
  • Have obesity.
  • Have undergone in vitro fertilisation techniques.
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