Preeclampsia is a complication in which a pregnant person experiences high blood pressure and shows signs of damage to an organ, typically the liver or kidneys. For women who start their pregnancy with normal blood pressure, preeclampsia—if it’s going to become an issue—usually arises after 20 weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Left untreated, preeclampsia can cause serious and sometimes fatal health problems for both mother and baby. The best way for a woman diagnosed with preeclampsia to avoid serious health complications is to deliver the baby. Women diagnosed with preeclampsia early in their pregnancy face a more difficult path forward. While the baby needs more time to mature, both the mother and baby are at risk of serious complications as more time passes.

Preeclampsia, even after delivery, can develop into postpartum preeclampsia for the