May 22 is World Preeclampsia Day

Preeclampsia is the most common serious medical disorder of pregnancy, affecting about 5% of pregnancies.

Pregnant women with preeclampsia may have high blood pressure, kidney dysfunction leading to leakage of protein into the urine, liver dysfunction, blood clotting problems, headaches and difficulties with vision. It can lead to seizures and other life-threatening problems for both mother and baby. Preeclampsia is a leading cause of preterm birth.

SSMRF is proud to continue to support St George Hospital researchers’ studies into preeclampsia. Associate professor Greg Davis, senior staff specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, leads the P4 Study team, examining women and their babies six months after they give birth, then at 2-year and 5-year visits. The P4 Study has informed the BP2 Study which is led by Professor Mark Brown (Head of the Department of Medicine) and Dr Amanda Henry (Clinical Academic in Obstetrics). The BP2 study offers follow-up and lifestyle behaviour change strategies in the first 12 months after a pregnancy complicated by high blood pressure, including preeclampsia. Follow-up of mother and baby is done at 6 months and 12 months following the birth.

For more information on these studies and how you could be involved please contact Lynne Roberts, P4 and BP2 Study Coordinator, Phone: 9113 2117

Email: lynne.roberts2@health.nsw.gov.au