Last night I went to a local ‘pamper night’. Not to be pampered but to fly the flag for pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome in the form of my book ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. I took along some print outs of the first chapter and am happy to say that I didn’t bring any home! I also took along some stats from a website by Action on Pre-eclampsia. I chatted to lots of people about pre-e and was very encouraged by the interest and how many people engaged with me and the information.
One lady though, it seemed, didn’t really get ‘it’. She was expecting her 6th child and just brushed off that she had a high BMI (one of the danger factors for getting pre-eclampsia). She was very flippant that she didn’t know the symptoms of pre-e and said that she would ‘be okay’ because she had done it ‘enough times’. I politely wished her all the best and gave one of the print outs of my first chapter. I do hope she reads it and realises that no one is immune to complications in pregnancy.