Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Did you know....?

...May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month.  Did you know that?  Unless you've experienced it yourself and are informed about it, probably not. Many of you might not even know exactly what it is.  I had heard of it before my pregnancy but paid little to no attention to it even after I found out I was pregnant.  I knew that it happened in SOME pregnancies but had no idea just how often it occurs or how potentially harmful and life-threatening it is to both mom and baby.

Here are some more facts found from the Preeclampsia Foundation website:

Regarding United States statistics:
*5-8% of all pregnancies in the United States are affected by preeclampsia - this can be as many as 300,000 women and babies in the United States each year

Regarding World-Wide/Global statistics:
*What was once termed a “rare” disease is responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths world-wide each year
 *Globally, 10,000,000 women and their babies develop preeclampsia each year

 I'm adding their button to my sidebar for the month of may (and probably longer!) so if you feel like you want to learn more, donate or find one of the "walks" just click on the button below or look for it on the side of the blog.  

{click it to learn more}

Also:  *92% of PW donations go directly to programmatic funding, which includes providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices.

If you are pregnant and wanting to know the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia so you can be informed and aware of what to look for, it can lead to more timely diagnosis and diligent health care.

"No mom should have to share her story of survival or tragedy during such a special time in life."  I agree and if you want to read stories of other women who have walked this road, click HERE to read.

I am one of the lucky ones.  I am here to raise my son, tell my story and my son is healthy and a very energetic little 22 month old.  I am blessed :)

If you are new here and want to read about my road of preeclampsia, hellp syndrome and P.R.O.M. find the "Our Story" button at the top of the blog and there is a quick recap of it all with links to more detailed posts about what all happened during my pregnancy with my sweet little boy.  


  1. i did actually know this! I never got it but that is cause my dr put me on bedrest as i started to get signs of it!! im so glad u made it through and u and Lincoln are dooing GREAT!

  2. Just found your blog today through the preeclampsia society. I am a fellow HELLP syndrome survivor as well. My son was born at 35 weeks with severe IUGR @ only 3 lbs 4 oz and spent 27 days in the nicu. I am currently 18 weeks pregnant with my second. Just wanted to thank you for posting your story.

  3. i love that you are sharing your story to help others. thank you for this friend!