May is Dedicated to Promoting National Preeclampsia Awareness

Pregnant Woman With DoctorDuring the month of May, Dr. Jacobs avidly participates in the National Preeclampsia Awareness Movement. This country-wide movement spearheads a public service promotion to increase awareness about when a pregnant woman should realize she is experiencing preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is the sudden onset of high blood pressure – hypertension.

Preeclampsia Awareness

Pregnant women experiencing preeclampsia have a high level of protein in their urine accompanied by swelling in the feet, legs, hands, and face – especially around the eyes. This life-threatening hypertensive disorder occurs in almost 8 percent of pregnancies.

Hypertension during pregnancy can result in:

  • Premature delivery
  • Miscarriage
  • Seizures
  • Liver failure
  • Sudden onset of bad health

Research has shown that women who have experienced a traumatic pregnancy – such as preeclampsia – have up to 10 times the risk of experiencing:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Postpartum Anxiety

This movement is important to help expectant mothers become aware of the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia during pregnancy – or after delivery – include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Protein in urine
  • Swelling of hands
  • Swelling of face around the eyes
  • Over 5 pounds of weight gain within 1 week
  • Persistent headache
  • Sudden change in vision – seeing spots, flashing lights or loss of eyesight
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Upper right stomach pain mistaken for indigestion or the flu
  • Difficult breathing – gasping or panting
  • Hyperreflexia

Women’s Fertility Health Awareness Movements in 2020

There are many upcoming movements to spread awareness about women’s fertility health in 2020.

  • National Woman’s Health Week: May 10th – 20th
  • World Infertility Awareness Month: June
  • Men’s Health Month: June
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month: September
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: September
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month: October
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: October 15th

Avid Promoter of Preeclampsia Awareness

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