I am grateful I was able to have both my babies full term.
Actually both were late and despite me being uncomfortable and
wishing they would come just a wee bit sooner than later, but that
is not here or there. I have had a few friends with preeclampsia
and it was a scary ride for them. The constant worry and not being
able to fully in the moment was a struggle for them. A couple of
them even had their babies arrive earlier but thankfully the
children are healthy and happy.
Preeclampsia is one of the leading causes of maternal death
worldwide, estimated to affect 5 to 8 percent of all pregnancies.
Preeclampsia is one of the more dangerous conditions for both mom
and baby and can have long term health effects on the mother. It is
also contributes to 15 percent of preterm births.
While some things are uncontrollable there are a few things you
can do to reduce your risk for high blood pressure in pregnancy and
potentially improve your pregnancy outcome. Heart health starts
early in your pregnancy:
1. Request to have your
Vitamin D levels checked. A study
found those who were deficient had a five fold increase to
preeclampsia if expecting mothers were deficient in D early in
helps to reduce inflammation in the intestines which has suggested
to reduce blood pressure
3. Drink water
and eat a rainbow. Drinking water and eating foods high in
water content can keep blood pressure at bay.
4. Eat good
fats every day. Long gone are the fat free and low fat
days, eating good fats is excellent for the baby's growing body and
for their brain, which peaks in development at around 28 weeks
gestation. Aim to eat 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil, raw nuts and
seeds daily and avocados a 2-3 times per week to keep inflammation
Exercise. Our bodies need to move and staying stagnant at
a desk all day does nothing great for our hearts to pump blood
throughout the body. Make sure you see a certified personal trainer
who specializes in pre and postpartum fitness. You can go toHealthy Moms
Fitness for one near you.
And don't forget to support the
Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run for Preeclampsia Promise
Walk on Sunday, May 19 in Busse Woods.
This is an annual event that is part of a nationwide effort to
support innovative research and raise public awareness about the
warning signs of preeclampsia, which is life threatening to both
mom and baby.
This is a family-friendly event with emcee and Preeclampsia
survivor Anita Padilla from Fox Chicago Morning News Team. Not to
mention facepainting, magician, food, music and fun for
by April 26 to receive a T-shirt in your size.
the Preeclampsia Foundation on Facebook for more
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