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When you’re pregnant there is so much information to take in and so much you want to take in as you prepare to be a parent. There are also decisions about the nursery, baby showers and what size fruit your baby is being compared to now, all to take in! I don’t know about you but comparing my baby to a cumquat always seems strange! The list continues from figuring out childcare, birth plan strategy that is safest and feels the most special to you, all the way to choosing a pediatrician. The list is endless and every decision feels as though it matters a great deal.
Then there are things that don’t seem to make the list. Pregnancy related things that no one ever tells you about, or things you would never think to research on your own and often better that you don’t otherwise the worry can become overwhelming. However, there are some of these things that it’s important for you to know about because they could literally safe your life and your baby’s. One of these ‘things’ is Preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a life-threatening disorder that can occur during pregnancy and the postpartum period. It affects 5-8% of all pregnancies. Preeclampsia affects both mom and her unborn baby and is commonly characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Other important symptoms include swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision; however, some women with the rapidly advancing condition report few symptoms and is one of the many reasons regular doctors visits during pregnancy are essential to catch signs of symptoms early. Globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive (high blood pressure) disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death.1
As May, Preeclampsia Awareness Month, has passed I thought it would be a good opportunity to encourage you to take a few minutes, learn about the symptoms of preeclampsia and share your knowledge with your expecting friends and family. Your thoughtfulness may impact someone’s life more than you think.
I’m fortunate and thankful that preeclampsia was never a reality for me – in any of my pregnancies — but it was for many I know and I am so grateful that modern medicine can not only detect it’s on set but save lives given enough warning. For those mothers who have experienced preeclampsia, survived and have grown stronger as a result – you are an inspiration and reminder to keep sharing the knowledge.
Please help spread the word; knowledge is power, and that can save lives.
1. The Preeclampsia Foundation
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