A dramatic night on Downton Abbey sheds light on a dangerous pregnancy condition

sybilWe were all shocked when the most beloved of the Crawley sisters, Lady Sybil, died following childbirth. It was devastating to every character that loved her and throughout the tragic events viewers heard characters repeatedly say, “This can’t be happening – not in this modern age.” But, the fact is, that even in our modern age, roughly 100 years after the setting of Downton Abbey, preeclampsia is still a threat.

Preeclampsia affects two to six percent of healthy, first-time moms and occurs after week 20 in pregnancy. While there is no way to prevent the condition, the symptoms are fairly easy to recognize and include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Water retention
  • Protein in the urine
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

While the doctors on Downton Abbey were, for the sake of storyline, unable to help poor Lady Sybil, there are some treatment options available that are determined by how close a mother is to her due date and how severe her symptoms are. Of course early prenatal care is a very important measure to take in order to catch the symptoms and warning signs.

Learn more about preeclampsia and other pregnancy conditions.

Learn about the Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians program at St.Vincent.

Check out this article following last Sunday’s show from the Daily Beast on preeclampsia beyond Downton Abbey.

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