Is it awful that I kinda hope she really did have it? Okay, I know it is. But honestly, now that her baby is here and healthy and she is too, I really do hope that this was the cause of her swelling and early delivery. You may think I’m awful for saying that, but my reasoning is sound. You see, there are a LOT of people who still have never heard of pre-eclampsia. Despite the fact that it is one of the top pregnancy complications today, despite the fact that it occurs in 5-8% of all U.S. births, there are so many people that still have never even heard the word.
There are millions of women and children who have been touched by this awful disease and yet we still have no cure.
There is no known cause.
Sometimes it just happens.
You can’t prevent.
You can’t really treat it.
You can delay it slightly, but all you really can do is treat the symptoms.
The most awful thing about the disease is that the ONLY know cure for it is delivering the baby.
The problem with that is that sometimes, like in our case, the baby is just not quite ready.
The reason I am hoping that Kim Kardashian did have pre-eclampsia is simple – despite my personal dislike of all things Kardashian – America seems to love her. The magazines, the news stations, they all will run stories about her and her new daughter. If she did have pre-eclampsia, then that means that all the magazines and news stations will be running stories explaining the symptoms, explaining the need for more research to find a cure, explaining just how awful and scary this horrible disease can be.
Trust me, I know first hand how quickly a healthy, normal, perfect pregnancy can fall apart.
I have experienced the pain that this disease causes.
This horrible, awful disease is why I don’t have my baby here with me today.
This disease is not fair.
And unfortunately, sometimes the only way to bring awareness to something is if it effects someone that is in the spotlight. I hope that if Kim had pre-elcampsia, that she will use her “celebrity” status to bring awareness and help push for a cure.
There has to be a better cure than simply taking a baby before they are due. We deserve better. Our babies deserve better.
Preeclampsia (pre-e-CLAMP-si-a) is a condition unique to human pregnancy. It is diagnosed by the elevation of the expectant mother’s blood pressure usually after the twentieth week of pregnancy combined with the appearance of excessive protein in her urine. Important symptoms that may suggest preeclampsia are headaches, abdominal pain, visual disturbances such as oversensitivity to light, blurred vision, seeing flashing spots or auras, shortness of breath or burning behind the sternum, nausea and vomiting, confusion or heightened state of anxiety. Preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy impact 5-8% of all births in the United States.
Most women with preeclampsia will deliver a healthy baby and fully recover. However, some women will experience complications, several of which may be life-threatening to mother and/or baby. A woman’s condition can go from a mild form of preeclampsia to severe preeclampsia very quickly.
Preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy can be devastating diseases, made worse by delays in diagnosis or management, seriously impacting or even killing both women and their babies before, during or after birth. – Preeclampsia Foundation