2017 Preeclampsia Awareness Month


WHEREAS, preeclampsia is a syndrome marked by a sudden increase in the blood pressure of a pregnant woman that can affect the mother’s kidney, liver, and brain, and if left untreated, can be fatal for the mother, the baby, or both; and

WHEREAS, as many as five to eight percent of all pregnancies experience preeclampsia; and 

WHEREAS, possible warning signs include headaches, pain on the right side, vision abnormalities, swollen face and hands, and rapid weight gain; and

WHEREAS, because no specific preventative treatments are known, it is important that pregnant women experiencing symptoms during pregnancy seek medical assistance; and

WHEREAS, in addition to doubling the risk of heart attack and stroke, preeclampsia quadruples the risk of high blood pressure later in life; and

WHEREAS, public awareness about preeclampsia can emphasize the importance of seeking the appropriate medical care when ill; and

WHEREAS, the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia supports the Preeclampsia Foundation’s  mission to provide patient support and education, raise public awareness, catalyze research, and improve health care practices for the millions of mothers and their babies who are impacted by preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy every year; and

WHEREAS, Virginians can participate in the annual Promise Walk for Preeclampsia in Abingdon on May 21; and

WHEREAS, Preeclampsia Awareness Month is an opportunity for Virginians to raise public awareness in order to minimize maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2017 as PREECLAMPSIA AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.