- worrying and praying
- going to the perinatologist
- on bedrest, with my laptop, trying to maintain my full-time consulting job
Such is the life of a mother who had preeclampsia once. The knowledge of my risk for a second bout of preeclampsia was extremely instrumental in maintaining my health, Chloe's health and my pregnancy. But it came at a price:
|My second little miracle; when she was just about 1.|
This is why I am walking in the Promise Walk this year. The Walk will raise money for preeclampsia research (there is no known cause or cure, minus immediate delivery of the baby). It will raise money for preeclampsia education--making sure women know the signs and their risk factors for preeclampsia. And it will fund hope and sisterhood--two commodities that are priceless.
Someday, when Lily and Chloe decide to start families of their own (and they will, I want grandchildren in thick loads.), they will have to enter their pregnancies knowing that their risk of preeclampsia is high--because of their mother. But, I will also be able to give my daughters hope--maybe there will be a cure; but there will definitely be a community of women waiting for them. Women who will listen and share and send their friendship.
This is why we walk: for each other.
"It ain't no Cabbage Patch" is the third of a series of articles on 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.
Join me and my team LilCoCo at the May 12 Promise Walk to the benefit the Preeclampsia Foundation in Challenge Grove Park in Cherry Hill, NJ.