I just discovered that this week is Pre-Eclampsia Awareness Week.
I had never even heard of pre-eclampsia until a friend of mine told me it was the reason she needed to have her baby delivered 8 weeks early, four years ago. To be honest, at that time I didn’t have any idea what she had been through. Since my daughter was born I’ve met a lot more women – mostly via L’il Aussie Prems – who suffered from this very serious and sometimes life-threatening medical condition and whose babies were born prematurely as a result. In fact even two friends in my new mothers’ group who were able to have full term babies also suffered from pre-eclampsia in the late stages of their pregnancy. It’s a lot more common than I had previously imagined.
The Australian Action on Pre-Eclampsia (AAPEC) has a website at http://www.aapec.org.au with a good FAQ and stories from people who’ve been through it personally.