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Take the Preeclampsia Pledge this May in honor of Preeclampsia Awareness Month!
As a nationally recognized health observance, Preeclampsia Awareness Month presents the perfect opportunity for the Preeclampsia Foundation to offer education and events that will increase awareness of this life-threatening disorder of pregnancy, which occurs in up to eight percent of all pregnancies.
Throughout May, the Preeclampsia Foundation is hosting the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia in 43 cities across the country as well as a virtual Promise Walk. Visit www.promisewalk.org for specific locations. Promise Walks range from walks to 5K runs and may also feature guest speakers, appearances by media personalities, free blood pressure screenings, silent auctions, raffles, family activities, and memorial events.
Read More Via Our 2014 PreAM Press Release.
Send a Tweet-a-day with our 31 Days of Tweets.
Share our Awareness Survey Infographic.
Also in conjunction with Preeclampsia Awareness Month, the Preeclampsia Foundation released results of a recent survey of expectant and new moms by BabyCenter.com that indicates high overall awareness of preeclampsia. Awareness declines, however, when respondents were asked about specific symptoms, and among less educated and affluent respondents. Additional studies have shown that the more a pregnant woman knows about preeclampsia, the more likely she is to recognize and report symptoms, thus improving time to diagnosis and medical attention.
Preeclampsia Awareness Month in the News
ACOG's Continuing Commitment to Preeclampsia Progress - American Congree of Obstetricians and Gynecologists blog - May 23, 2014
High Blood Pressure Nearly Kills Mom After Normal Pregnancy - ABC News - May 20, 2014
2014 Preeclampsia Awareness Survey Highlights Need for Education: Educators Play a Key Role - Lamaze International Science & Sensibility blog - May 13, 2014
Signs of preeclampsia should raise red flags - The Spokesman-Review - May 13, 2014
May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month: Do you know the signs and symptoms? - Third Stop on the Right blog - May 12, 2014
Parpos: Making strides; delivering hope - Natick Wicked Local - May 9, 2014
Did You Know Preeclampsia Can Occur 6 Weeks AFTER Delivery? - HealthyWomen.org - May 6, 2014
Based on the survey findings, the Preeclampsia Foundation’s theme for the 2014 Preeclampsia Awareness Month is: Take the Preeclampsia Pledge – Know the Symptoms. Spread the Word.
Know the Symptoms
If you experience any of the following symptoms during your pregnancy or after delivery, call your doctor or midwife right away. Having symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have preeclampsia, but they are cause for concern and require immediate medical evaluation.
It's also important to know that some women with preeclampsia have NO symptoms or they "just don’t feel right." If you have a sense that something's wrong, even without symptoms, trust yourself and contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Spread the Word