During 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.
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
- 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
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
Dr. Laurence Jacobs wants to help you overcome infertility and achieve a healthy pregnancy during the coronavirus – COVID-19 – pandemic. Click the icon below to schedule your telemedicine consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.