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Preeclampsia Awareness Month Marked by Educational Activities, Promise Walks in 38 Cities

Last Updated on Sunday, April 13, 2014

Take the Preeclampsia Pledge – Know the Symptoms.  Spread the Word.

Melbourne, Fla. – April 13, 2015 – May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month, as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To build awareness of preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy and the postpartum period, the Preeclampsia Foundation is sponsoring a month-long education campaign using the theme: Take the Preeclampsia Pledge – Know the Symptoms.  Spread the Word.  In addition, thousands of families in 43 cities will be participating in The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™.

“A key message throughout all our activities is that every pregnant woman should receive detailed information about preeclampsia and its symptoms,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director Eleni Tsigas. “Expectant mothers who know what to be aware of play a vital role as the ‘first responder’ to preeclampsia symptoms. Our research has shown it can literally be a matter of life and death for many mothers and babies.”

Promise Walks in the 38 participating cities are family-style events.

“You will see a lot of babies in strollers, guest speakers, appearances by media personalities, raffles, health screenings, children’s activities, and memorial events,” said the Foundation’s Director of Community Relations Laney Poye. Visit http://www.promisewalk.org to register or support a Promise Walk.

Other Preeclampsia Awareness Month educational activities include:

  •  Preeclampsia Awareness Month Kick-off Twitter Party with @WorldMomsBlog and @Finnegan_Hughes on Thursday, April 30, from 9 to 10 pm ET
  • Preeclampsia Foundation Advocacy Twitter Town Hall with @EveryMomCounts on Thursday, May 7, from 1 to 2 pm ET
  • Fact or Fiction: Debunking Preeclampsia Myths Twitter Chat with @BabyCenter and @ACNM on Thursday, May 14, from 1 to 2 pm ET
    • Preeclampsia's Impact on Brain & Heart Health Twitter Chat with @American_Stroke on Thursday, May 21, from 1 to 2 pm ET

For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org/pream.

About Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a serious - and rather common - complication of pregnancy and postpartum period, dangerous to both the mother and her unborn baby. It is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Other signs and symptoms may include swelling of the face and hands, headaches, and visual disturbances.  Knowing the symptoms and reporting them immediately may lead to more timely diagnosis and better outcomes.

About the Preeclampsia Foundation: The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies.  For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org or call toll-free (800) 665-9341.


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