May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and the Preeclampsia Foundation has proclaimed this year's theme "The Faces of Preeclampsia: Any Woman, Any Pregnancy." As the name of the theme implies, any woman can develop preeclampsia, and any woman can develop preeclampsia during any pregnancy (whether or not she's had it before). Lamaze wants to make sure women everywhere know the symptoms or preeclampsia and can help spread the word about this life threatening but treatable illness. Even if you aren't pregnant, helping another woman spot a potential symptom could save her and her baby's life. In fact, research tells us that as one of the five leading causes of maternal death, preeclampsia is the most preventable. The most effective way to prevent death from preeclampsia is to seek timely care, and a woman will only do so if she knows and understands the symptoms. Take a look below and share this post and graphic with your community of friends and family on social media. You may save a life!
For more resources on preeclampsia, including information on causes, treatments, research new, and community support from other moms who have or have had preeclampsia, visit the Preeclampsia Foundation website. Also, to learn about the four facts about preeclampsia that all families should know, check out this post on Science & Sensibility.