Eclampsia is a rare complication of pre-eclampsia and can cause fits, seizures and strokes.

The condition eclampsia describes the type of convulsion or fit

an involuntary contraction of the muscles

pregnant women can experience from week 20 of the pregnancy or immediately after the birth.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women,

usually during the second half of the pregnancy (from 20 weeks) or soon after the baby is delivered.

Early signs of pre-eclampsia include having high blood pressure (hypertension) and protein in your urine

according to the NHS. It’s difficult to notice the signs,

but they can be picked up during routine antenatal appointments.

How common are pre-eclampsia and eclampsia?