Pre Eclampsia with a Second Child

I had pre eclampsia with my first child and am now expecting my second although with a new partner – will I get it again?

The risks of pre eclampsia are greatest in the first pregnancy but I’m afraid a previous episode does increase your likelihood of it occurring again and in fact your body will know that you have a new partner and react as though this is a first pregnancy, so it is possible. Have a chat to your specialist who will be able to assess your risks and may suggest low dose aspirin or calcium supplement which have helped some women but don’t start them without consulting your obstetrician – they are not right for everyone.