May 2015 is Preeclampsia Awareness Month
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.
Check out the #PreAM15 tools, stats and more http://www.preeclampsia.org/PreAM
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. Other Preeclampsia Awareness Month educational opportunities are listed below.
Join us for our Kick-Off to Preeclampsia Awareness Month Twitter Party
When: Thursday, April 30th at 9pm EST
Where: on twitter with hashtag #PreAM15
RSVP: Rsvp below to win prizes!!
This year our prizes include the following
To RSVP add your TWITTER LINK where it requests a blog URL: example www.twitter.com/finnegan_hughes
AND your TWITTER HANDLE for NAME: example @finnegan_hughes