Walk for preeclampsia to be held Saturday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Saturday, people will walk in Kansas City to save the lives of moms and babies.  It’s the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia is high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  This happens to women who previously had normal blood pressure.  Without prompt treatment, it can be deadly for mother and baby. The only way to stop preeclampsia is to deliver the baby, and that often means prematurely.

Christine Kane of Kansas City found out she had preeclampsia at a routine doctor’s visit in February.  Her twin boys, Boston and Nash, had to be delivered at 35 weeks.

“They were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) quite a long time.  One was in the NICU for four weeks, and one was in for seven weeks.  One of my boys had respiratory problems, feeding issues and motor development.  The other was just very small in birthweight so he just needed to grow,” said Kane.

There were additional problems for Kane a week after she gave birth.  While visiting her babies in the NICU, she became short of breath and couldn’t stand up.

“So they had me go in to check for a blood clot and I ended up having preeclampsia again which is very rare for people to get.  But I ended up having that with even higher elevated labs and then I was admitted back into the hospital for three days,” she said.

Her message to other women?

“Just trust your body, trust your instinct if you’re not feeling well.  Call your doctor especially later in pregnancy because it does happen later in pregnancy and don’t just think of it as oh, it’s going to be okay.  Just have your doctor check it out to make sure,” said Kane.

Besides high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine, other symptoms of preeclampsia include severe headache, changes in vision, nausea and dizziness.

The Promise Walk raises money for research to find the causes and cures.  The walk will be held Saturday morning at Berkley Riverfront Park.  For details and to register, go to promisewalk.org/pfpw/fundevent.asp?nnaffundid=50

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