World Preeclampsia Day

World Preeclampsia Day

Today, on World Preeclampsia Day, we at Chappelle Pharmacy are committed to raising awareness about this serious pregnancy complication that affects many expectant mothers worldwide. Preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys, usually occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal. This condition can lead to serious, even fatal, complications for both mother and baby if left untreated. The exact cause of preeclampsia remains unknown, but factors such as a history of hypertension, first-time pregnancy, obesity, and certain genetic factors increase the risk. Early detection through regular prenatal checkups is crucial for managing this condition. Symptoms to watch for include severe headaches, vision changes, upper abdominal pain, and swelling in the hands and face.

At Chappelle Pharmacy, we emphasize the importance of prenatal care and offer support for expectant mothers in monitoring their health. If you are pregnant, ensure you attend all scheduled prenatal visits, where your healthcare provider will check your blood pressure and test your urine for protein. Additionally, adopting a healthy lifestyle can help mitigate the risk of preeclampsia. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and alcohol are essential steps. For those diagnosed with preeclampsia, close monitoring, medication, and sometimes early delivery are necessary to protect the health of both mother and baby. Let’s work together to promote early detection and effective management of preeclampsia, ensuring safer pregnancies for all.