Toxemia, more commonly known as preeclampsia, can cause a lack of blood flow to the placenta, abruption to the placenta, and increase the need for medically induced labor, according to Mayo Clinic. The potential complications can be life-threatening for both the mother and baby.
Preeclampsia is a serious condition that causes high blood pressure in the mother, which can result in headaches, swelling and seizures in the mother, and in turn, low birth weight and breathing difficulties in the baby, states WebMD. Preeclampsia can also increase the risk of the mother developing cardiovascular disease after the baby is born, particularly if the baby is preterm. If properly managed and treated with prescription medications and bed rest, most women deliver healthy babies and recover normally.