Reality TV star Kenya Moore has revealed she’s suffering with preeclampsia as her due date nears, People reports.
The 47-year-old is currently pregnant with her first baby, after years of wanting to start a family.
Taking to social media to post a pic of her swollen feet, the former Miss USA revealed her struggles of being pregnant at her age.
“I made fun of my swollen feet at @cynthiabailey10 party. Next day my tests came back for possible preeclampsia... I gained 17 lbs in ONE week due to severe swelling and water retention, high blood pressure, and excess protein in urine. This is NOT normal! I took more tests. Baby is fine but if they come back higher #babydaly will have to come same day. Staying positive. To my pregnant sisters please go to your visits and tell the doctor of any drastic changes. Thank God I have great doctors,” Kenya wrote.
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys, according to Mayo Clinic.
Left untreated, it can lead to serious and even fatal complications for both mother and baby. The most effective treatment of preeclampsia is delivery of the baby.
Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia may include decreased urine output, impaired liver function and shortness of breath, caused by fluid in the lungs.
Women who are below 20 and above 30 are more prone to preeclampsia.