September 13, 2018

Understanding Preeclampsia

Ever wonder why at all of your prenatal visits with your care provider you have your blood pressure checked and often leave urine sample? It’s because your care provider is checking for a serious condition called preeclampsia. Never heard of it? No worries! In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with community education & engagement manger of the Preeclampsia Foundation, Rebecca Britt.

Rebecca uncovers all of the signs and  symptoms and gives a helpful explanation of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.  By the time you finish listening to this episode, you can move forward with confidence and ease.

In this episode:


  • How Rebecca got into this line of work and her focus on preeclampsia
  • An explanation of preeclampsia
  • Who is at risk?
  • Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia
  • How preeclampsia affects pregnancy
  • Particular times during pregnancy someone is more likely to develop preeclampsia?
  • An explanation of what typically happens when someone is diagnosed with preeclampsia
  • Are people with preeclampsia during one pregnancy more at risk in subsequent pregnancies?
  • Some possible causes of preeclampsia
  • Is there any ways to reduce the risk of getting preeclampsia and if so- what are they?
  • Preeclampsia’s affect on the postpartum period
  • Affects of preeclampsia on the baby
  • What is HELLP syndrome and how it is related to preeclampsia?
  • Signs and symptoms of HELLP syndrome?

About Rebecca:

Rebecca Britt is the Community Education and Engagement Manager for the Preeclampsia Foundation.

Her calling to advocate and support those who often don’t have a voice led her to earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Vermont.

Rebecca has worked with varying populations including children in foster care, adults surviving with persistent mental illness, and women facing fertility challenges. She is passionate about reducing isolation for preeclampsia patients and survivors by building community connections and raising awareness. Her desire to demonstrate impact of mission focused initiatives, lead her to enroll Michigan State University where she is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Program Evaluation.

Rebecca is a visionary and global thinker. She is enthusiastic about putting her passion and experience together to unite the preeclampsia community. Upholding the Preeclampsia Foundation’s mission,

Rebecca aims to provide the education and tools necessary to empower patients to advocate for systemic change to save lives.


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