Health Days 2023

Preeclampsia day

May 22nd is World Preeclampsia Day. Occurring in only 5-8% of pregnancies, preeclampsia is not a complication on the mind of a newly expectant mother. However, for those it comes to, it can be life-changing and even deadly.
Preeclampsia usually occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy, usually more towards the end of pregnancy, and can also occur up to six weeks after delivery. Most common signs are high blood pressure and protein in urine, however it can occur asymptomatically or present with swelling, rapid weight gain, headaches, and even vision changes.

  • Educate mothers and empower them to know that when it comes to their health, preeclampsia goes beyond pregnancy
  • Raise awareness of serious pregnancy complications
  • About one in ten pregnant women globally will experience a hypertensive disorder during pregnancy, including preeclampsia, and HELLP syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count).
  • Every year, these disorders claim lives of approximately 76,000 mothers and 500,000 babies (as they are a major cause of premature birth) worldwide.
  • Health risks don't end with the birth of her baby. Research studies have shown that preeclampsia survivors have a 2-10 times increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), including stroke, and are also 4 times more likely to develop high blood pressure.
Official Date:
Globally: May 22nd,  2023
Locally: Dhul-Qa'eda 2nd, 1444H


Last Update : 17 January 2023 12:32 AM
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