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Preeclampsia Awareness Month

May is National Blood Pressure and Preeclampsia Awareness Month. We are raising awareness with a special focus on our health and wellbeing.

Did you know?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black women are nearly three times more likely to face fatal complications during childbirth than women of other races. More specifically, preeclampsia, a serious condition characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys is 60% more common in Black women. 

What do I need to know? 

We know that knowledge is power so we are raising awareness. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that can affect both the mother and the baby, leading to high blood pressure and potential kidney dysfunction. Some risk factors include being in your first pregnancy, carrying multiples, being over 35, and having a personal or family history of the condition, among others. 

According to the Preeclampsia Foundation, the 2024 Theme is Predict. Prevent. Prevail.

Although we currently rely heavily on medical history to predict who might be at risk, and prenatal aspirin as a prevention tool, there is hope that with continued research and advocacy, we can prevail over this condition.

Here are some tips:

  • Regularly check your blood pressure, especially during pregnancy. Early detection of high blood pressure can be a lifesaver.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia and seek immediate medical help if you suspect anything unusual.

  • Maintain a balanced diet (WIC Foods and recipes), Stay active (walk, dance, yoga), and avoid things that don’t benefit you, Sis! 

  • Share this information with family and friends. Awareness is the first step toward prevention.

This month, let’s amplify the voices of those affected by preeclampsia. Share your stories, experiences, and tips on social media using hashtags like #PreAM24, #Preeclampsia, #PredictPreventPrevail, and #MyPreeclampsiaStory.

Resources and Support

For more information, support, and ways to get involved, check out these resources:


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