Indianapolis Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
What is Preeclampsia?
Thousands of women and babies die or get very sick each year from a dangerous condition called preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Preeclampsia and related disorders such as HELLP syndrome and eclampsia are most often characterized by a rapid rise in blood pressure that can lead to seizure, stroke, multiple organ failure and death of the mother and/or baby.
With your help, we can drive awareness, advance our scientific understanding and medical practices, and together help create a world where preeclampsia and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies.
Signs & Symptoms
Are you just pregnant or are you in danger?
The following signs and symptoms of preeclampsia, and variants such as HELLP syndrome, may indicate a problem or may just be harmless side effects of normal pregnancy. Awareness of these signs and symptoms is important, and please follow up with your health care provider if you have any concerns. Technically, a sign is a characteristic of preeclampsia that can be measured, but may not be apparent to the patient, such as high blood pressure. A symptom is something that is experienced by the patient, such as a headache or visual disturbances.
Sudden Weight Gain
Nausea or Vomiting
Abdominal (stomach area) and/or Shoulder Pain
Lower back pain
Changes in Vision
Racing pulse, mental confusion, heightened sense of anxiety, shortness of breath or chest pain, sense of impending doom
Every Parent Has A Pregnancy Story
This is our story! We were lucky, others are not!
The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia?
We walk to raise awareness…
Too few know the reality and impact of preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy that affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Yet preeclampsia is not rare: It happens in as many as one in 12 pregnancies. And any woman can be affected, regardless of her race, ethnic background, skin color, size, hometown, or whether she is rich, poor, or somewhere in the middle. Even good health and healthy habits aren’t a guarantee of protection against this disorder.
We walk to save lives…
Awareness can lead to timely diagnosis and more diligent health care.
In most cases, if a woman and her doctors realize she has preeclampsia, and it is close to her due date, the baby can be delivered with relatively few problems to either mom or baby.But sometimes – by some estimates, in about 25% of the cases – serious complications can occur. Preeclampsia affects the mother’s kidneys, liver, brain and other vital organs and can lead to seizures, bleeding in the brain, organ failure, and even death. The baby may suffer from the effects of being born too early, have growth restriction—or may die.
We also now know that women who have had severe preeclampsia go on—at much higher rates than the average woman—to have heart disease and other long-term health issues.
You can read more about preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy on our website.
We walk to find a cause and a cure…
No one knows yet what causes preeclampsia. There are no definite ways to prevent it. Nor is there a cure. But through research and the efforts of families and those affected, we are making progress. We have a better understanding today than we had even 10 years ago.
Those of us who have survived or lost a loved one to preeclampsia have promised not to remain unchanged by the experience, but to do all we can to make a difference for others. The Preeclampsia Foundation is making strides and delivering hope—and the Promise Walk is a big part of that.
We walk with you…
When you participate in The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, you are taking meaningful strides to save mothers and babies during the most important time in their shared lives, and helping to ensure good health for the rest of their life’s journey. Help us deliver hope today and fulfill our promise to deliver a cure for tomorrow.
Every stride brings us closer to ensuring healthy pregnancies for all women, and delivers hope to millions of families around the world. Please walk with us. Find a walk near you.