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Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Posted on May 9, 2016 11:46:05 AM by healtheo360

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.

Preeclampsia Awareness

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
• Nausea/Vomiting
• Severe headaches

Causes

• Damage to blood vessels
• Insufficient blood flow to the uterus
• Genetics
• Autoimmune disorders

Did you know that in Latin America preeclampsia is the #1 cause of maternal death?

Treatment

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

Severe Preeclampsia
• 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

Sources:
Preeclampsia Foundation
American Pregnancy Association
Mayo Clinic

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