May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month with World Preeclampsia Day on May 22

Preeclampsia affects as many as 8% of all pregnancies and takes the lives of 76,000 women and 500,000 infants every year. See how much you know about this dangerous complication of pregnancy and leading cause of maternal mortality and prematurity.

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* 1. Preeclampsia is a more severe form of a pregnancy condition called “toxemia.”

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* 2. HELLP syndrome is a severe form of preeclampsia.

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* 3. A major reason for prenatal appointments after 20 weeks is to diagnose preeclampsia.

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* 4. Once a woman has experienced preeclampsia, it won’t happen in another pregnancy.

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* 5. Only certain kinds of women get preeclampsia such as overweight or older mothers.

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* 6. The only cure for preeclampsia is delivery, so once the baby is delivered, the mother will be fine.

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* 7. Preeclampsia can be prevented by eating right and living a low-stress lifestyle.

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* 8. Although blood pressure may go up during pregnancy, preeclampsia won't kill the mother.

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* 9. Women should leave it to their healthcare providers to diagnose preeclampsia because so many symptoms may be perfectly normal for pregnancy.

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* 10. Preeclampsia can harm an unborn baby.

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