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Tuesday, May 06th 2014
Did You Know Preeclampsia Can Occur 6 Weeks AFTER Delivery?
If this headline surprises you, you're not alone. Preeclampsia, a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine, is commonly thought to only occur during pregnancy. That's not that case. This condition can occur up to six weeks postpartum. According to a recent survey from the Preeclampsia Foundation and BabyCenter, 44 percent of women are unaware of their postpartum risk.
This shouldn't be taken lightly. Preeclampsia affects 1 of every 12 pregnancies, and, globally, it and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000 maternal deaths and 500,000 infant deaths each year.
Now that you know your risk, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms, which are outlined in the video below.
May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Take the Preeclampsia Pledge by logging on to preeclampsia.org/PreAm.