Delivering the baby is the primary treatment option to prevent preeclampsia from developing into eclampsia. Attempting to delay delivery until the fetus reaches full term puts the mother and baby at extreme risk.
However, your doctor may advise treatments for managing preeclampsia until the fetus has developed sufficiently so that complications from an early delivery are minimized. If the preeclampsia condition is severe, the goal will be to manage it through the 32nd to 34th week of the pregnancy. For mild forms, the pregnancy may be extended until after the 37th week.
Anticonvulsant medicine may be prescribed to help prevent the seizures associated with eclampsia. One such drug that is safe for the mother and baby is magnesium sulfate. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E, selenium and lycopene are also being used for their effect on preeclampsia.
In addition, the doctor may recommend bed rest at home if hospitalization is not required. Regular blood and urine testing will note any changes that may indicate a worsening of the condition.