Statistics on eclampsia show that it is a very rare condition, affecting only one in 2,000 to 3,000 pregnancies each year.
Factors involved in the preeclampsia-eclampsia condition:
- 98% of women and babies affected by preeclampsia survive the condition
- high blood pressure occurs in 6% to 8% of U.S. pregnancies
- 70% of those are first-time pregnancies
- doctors diagnosed more than 146,320 cases of preeclampsia in one year (1998)
- the ratio of pregnancies with eclampsia to all births has remained about the same over the past 10 years
- a 2001 study showed the rate of fetal deaths caused by eclampsia by ethnicity of the mother
- 0.6% of all fetal deaths
- 0.4% of all newborns of Euro-American women
- 0.9% of all deaths of babies born to African-American women
The body of statistical data is growing, however, each pregnancy involving preeclampsia-eclampsia is unique. Parents should focus on the evaluations and treatments by their doctor and not draw any conclusions from broad statistics.