The most severe symptoms of eclampsia are the convulsions and unconsciousness it causes in pregnant women. Other signs of eclampsia include complications such as muscle aches and pains and pronounced agitation.
Preeclampsia which can lead to eclampsia is indicated by high protein in the urine, and symptoms such as:
- high blood pressure
- fluid retention with swelling of the hands and face
- abdominal pain
- severe headaches
- blurry vision
- nausea or vomiting
- rapid and excessive weight gain
HELLP is another symptom of the preeclampsia-eclampsia syndrome. HELLP is an acronym that stands for Hemolysis, the breakdown of red blood cells, Elevated liver enzymes, and Low Platelet count.
Because some symptoms may point to other complications, it is important for a pregnant woman to get early screening for eclampsia, particularly if she has other risk factors or signs of preeclampsia.