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May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month

May is the month the Preeclampsia Foundation spearheads increased awareness about a life-threatening hypertensive disorder occurring in up to 8 percent of pregnancies. Preeclampsia is a condition that pregnant women develop marked by the sudden onset of high blood pressure. Pregnant women experiencing preeclampsia have a high level of protein in their urine accompanied by swelling in the feet, legs, hands, and face around the eyes.

Preeclampsia Awareness

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 have up to 10 times the risk of experiencing:

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

It is important that the voices of these women be heard to help other expectant mothers become aware of the signs of preeclampsia.

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Preeclampsia 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

 

Fertility Specialists Spreading Preeclampsia Awareness

The fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC are very diligent in making their patients aware of the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. As a global leader in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), our fertility team is committed to providing world class fertility care and supporting patients through every step of pregnancy.

 

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