Eclampsia is a medical condition characterized by convulsions, followed by coma, among pregnant women with hypertension. This is a complication of preeclampsia, which is also associated with high blood pressure. The exact cause of eclampsia is not yet certain but it is often associated with issues concerning the placenta. This condition is detrimental to mother and child as the placenta connects them both. The child is at risk to have low birth weight and certain health concerns. In worst cases, the mother may go into cardiac arrest which leads to stillbirth. Hence, the physician may decide to deliver the baby earlier through caesarian section when symptoms of eclampsia are verified.

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