Convulsions that accompany advanced stages of toxaemia during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia). Convulsions can occur in the last three months of pregnancy, during labour, and even in the first 48 hours after delivery. Characteristic features are unconsciousness and spasms in all the body muscles. Breathing fails and the woman turns blue. Such a fit can last for a few minutes and be immediately followed by another one. It is a very serious condition. The baby’s life is threatened because of malfunction of the placenta. The possible complications for the woman are: cerebral haemorrhage, damage to cardiac muscle, serious damage to the kidneys, or shock due to the placenta breaking away.

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