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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Last Updated on Monday, April 13, 2015

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.

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Also in conjunction with Preeclampsia Awareness Month, the Preeclampsia Foundation is hosting a series of Twitter Chats, including an innovative Twitter Town Hall on Thursday, May 7, from 1 to 2 pm ET. Join @Preeclampsia and @EveryMomCounts as we lead a discussion with leading women's health congressional leaders about preeclampsia and maternal health.

Theme
The Preeclampsia Foundation’s theme for the 2015 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 medical evaluation.

  • Swelling of the hands and face, especially around the eyes (swelling of the feet is more common in late pregnancy and probably not a sign of preeclampsia)
  • Weight gain of more than five pounds in a week
  • Headache that won’t go away, even after taking medication such as acetaminophen
  • Changes in vision like seeing spots or flashing lights; partial or total loss of eyesight
  • Nausea or throwing up, especially suddenly, after mid pregnancy (not the morning sickness that many women experience in early pregnancy)
  • Upper right belly pain, sometimes mistaken for indigestion or the flu
  • Difficulty breathing, gasping, or panting

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

  • Post our Preeclampsia Awareness Month banner or button on your official website or blog (below). This digital ad will link to our campaign page, where your logo will be prominently displayed (at no cost to you). We also have additional ad sizes available on our Facebook photo gallery.

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  • Change your Facebook profile picture to the below image and show that you are "Making Strides for Moms & Babies!"

  • During the month of May, receive and share content from the Preeclampsia Foundation, including news releases, videos, and other information. We encourage you to share this content via Facebook, blogs, or other media with your constituents – and to ask them to share it.
  • Promote and participate in weekly Twitter Chats in May; these feature subject experts and patients.
  • Develop your own original content (e.g., blog posts or website content) referencing the Preeclampsia Foundation (www.preeclampsia.org) as an expert source of preeclampsia information, and we will feature your content in turn.
  • Form a company team to participate in a Promise Walk near you or participate in our virtual Promise Walk.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We’ll be Speaking Here

 

Brevard County Women of Excellence Breakfast

April 21, 2015

 

Every Mother Counts
Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative

April 24, 2015

 

Grand Rounds University of Chicago

May 15, 2015

 

Northside Hospital CME, Atlanta, GA

August 21, 2015

 

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