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Are you aware of Preeclampsia? Early detection can save lives

Preeclampsia affects approximately 5-8% of pregnancies globally and is a leading cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality

Our Web Desk Published 23.05.24, 05:49 PM
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World Preeclampsia Day, observed annually on May 22nd, aims to raise crucial awareness about preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication. This condition, characterized by high blood pressure and potential damage to other organ systems, claims the lives of pregnant women around the world at an alarming rate.

The Society of Fetal Medicine (SFM) emphasised the significance of this day, stressing the importance of early detection and proper management of preeclampsia to safeguard the health of both mothers and babies.

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Preeclampsia affects approximately 5-8% of pregnancies globally and is a leading cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. It can develop suddenly after the 20th week of pregnancy and, if left untreated, can lead to serious, even fatal, complications.

Symptoms may include high blood pressure, protein in the urine, severe headaches, vision changes, and upper abdominal pain. Pregnant women are urged to attend all prenatal appointments and report any unusual symptoms promptly.

On World Preeclampsia Day, the SFM pledged to raise awareness and urged healthcare professionals and society to stay informed about the latest research and advancements in diagnosing and managing preeclampsia.

The organization also called on policymakers to support initiatives that enhance maternal healthcare services, ensuring all women have access to quality prenatal care.

By working together and spreading awareness, the SFM aims to prevent the suffering caused by preeclampsia and protect the lives of mothers and babies worldwide.

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