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Seizure Symptoms During Pregnancy

author image Jennifer Terry
Jennifer Terry is program director for TriCounty Agency for Intellectual Disabilities. As a University of Alabama graduate, she holds a Masters in rehabilitation counseling and a Bachelor in psychology with an emphasis in child development. She also earned an Associate in business management and second Associate in computer information systems from Bevill State Community College. She holds a grant writing certificate from North Georgia College and State University.
Seizure Symptoms During Pregnancy
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Pregnancy seizures are called eclampsia. Eclampsia is life threatening for the you and your child. During a routine prenatal examination symptoms can be found in women at risk for seizures during pregnancy. The cause is unknown so there is no test available to predict who will develop seizures. Recognizing seizure symptoms during pregnancy can help women identify when they should seek medical attention and can help your doctor make an appropriate diagnosis.

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Upper Abdominal Pain

Pain in the upper abdomen is a symptom of seizures in pregnancy that medical professionals believe is due to changes in the liver. This pain can be mistaken for indigestion or gall bladder disease.

Excessive Bruising

Excessive bruising is a symptom of seizures in pregnancy that may also be caused by changes in the liver that affects the platelets ability to clot blood.


Headaches that do not go away with appropriate rest and approved medication is a common symptom among pregnant women who have seizures.

Blurred Vision

Blurred or double vision is a symptom associated with seizures in pregnant women. Seeing spots and even blindness can occur.


Toxemia is a term used to refer to a combination of high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Toxemia has been found as a symptom of seizures in pregnancy. It can cause swelling in the hands and feet due to fluid retention.

Muscle Aches

Muscle aches and pains during pregnancy are often found in pregnant women who have seizures. The cause is unknown.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the most common symptom of seizures in pregnant women. Each woman's blood pressure will affect her differently and there is no specific pressure that indicates a risk of seizure. However, medical professionals agree a blood pressure above 160/110 mm Hg increases your chances of developing a seizure.

Poor Blood Filtration

The inability to filter blood is a symptom of seizures in pregnant women characterized by a protein that is present in their urine. Urine output can decrease in rare cases due to poor kidney function.

Poor Blood Flow

Problems with blood is a symptom of seizures during pregnancy. This decreased blood flow may cause your baby to not grow as expected. Additionally, the baby may have a decrease in the number of movements or in the strength of the movements.


Convulsions may cause a pregnant woman 's body to shake uncontrollably during a seizure. The muscles contract and relax over and over again.

Loss of Consciousness

The loss of consciousness by a pregnant woman may be experienced by those who have seizures.


These symptoms can also be symptoms of other conditions. However, seek medical advice if you have any of these symptoms or are concerned about your risk of developing seizures.

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