High blood pressure from preeclampsia can put the fetus at risk. As the pressure narrows placental arteries, some areas of the placenta may not get enough blood. Over time, areas of the placenta could "die", putting the baby in distress.
Review Date 4/19/2022
Updated by: John D. Jacobson, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.