With May coming up quickly it is time to start preparing for National Preeclampsia Awareness Month. As most of you know I am a volunteer for the Preeclampsia Foundation and the walk coordinator for the Philadelphia/South Jersey Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. After suffering from postpartum preeclampsia with the birth of my second child and searching for answers as to how I wasn’t aware of preeclampsia, I found the Preeclampsia Foundation and joined forces to help raise awareness.
Do You 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
Please Help 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).
- Change your Facebook profile picture 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 Twitter Chats in May using #PreAM16.
- 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.
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 #PreAM16 tools, stats and more http://www.preeclampsia.org/PreAM
Throughout May, the Preeclampsia Foundation is hosting the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia in 40 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.
To kick off the month, we will host our annual “Kickoff to May as Preeclampsia Awareness Month” Twitter Party (#PreAM16), Monday, May 2, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. EDT co-hosted by the Preeclampsia Foundation, World Moms Blog and me, Sarah from Finnegan and the Hughes. We will present information, share tools that you can use throughout the month, and attendees can win prizes from Happy Family Superfoods, Udderly Smooth and the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia! Please share out the attached social media graphic and join us on April 30 to talk about the awesome work that your organizations do on behalf of moms and babies.
RSVP BELOW! For your name please leave your twitter handle and for your link add your twitter link. See example here
Name: @Finnegan_Hughes Link: www.twitter.com/finnegan_hughes