About 76,000 pregnant women worldwide die each year from preeclampsia and other related hypertensive disorders. Preeclampsia awareness month helps to improve, educate, and raise awareness about maternal healthcare across the globe. The Preeclampsia Foundation’s theme for Preeclampsia Awareness Month 2016 is: The Faces of Preeclampsia: Any Woman, Any Pregnancy.
What is Preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs during pregnancy and postpartum that is characterized by high blood pressure and affects 5 to 8 % of all pregnancies. Preeclampsia typically occurs after 20 weeks of being pregnant. Women who are at risk for this medical condition are obese, became pregnant in their early teens or after the age of 40, have a family history of the disorder, or are carrying multiple babies.
Signs & Symptoms
• Blood pressure that is 140/90 or greater
• Decreased urine output
• Excess protein in your urine
• Impaired liver function
• Blurred vision
• Severe headaches
• Damage to blood vessels
• Insufficient blood flow to the uterus
• Autoimmune disorders
Did you know that in Latin America preeclampsia is the #1 cause of maternal death?
Varies depending on the development of your baby and how close you are to your due date.
Approaching due date with a fully developed baby
• Doctor will advise you to deliver the baby as soon as possible
Mild Preeclampsia and baby not fully developed
• Consume less salt
• Increase prenatal checkups
• Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
• Doctor may prescribe blood pressure medication
• Bed rest
• Dietary changes
Lowering Your Risk
• Monitor your blood pressure and weight regularly
• Eat a healthy diet that is recommended by your physician
• Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight
• Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day
• Avoid drinking alcohol
• Use little to no salt in meals