We found ways to stay positive and grateful the entire time. Now, nine months after our baby is born—healthy and whole—this book is coming out to help other families with their struggle with preeclampsia.
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Port Saint Lucie, FL (PRWEB) August 3, 2010
Expectant mothers and fathers who are struggling with preeclampsia can find valuable advice from a new book by David Papandreas. Appropriately entitled “A Mom and Dad’s Guide to Preeclampsia,” it is the first guidebook written for the 400,000 pregnant women who are stricken by preeclampsia every year in the United States and want to know what to expect. The insightful book includes a variety of helpful chapters, including Blood Pressure, Proper Eating, Laugh Often, Romance, Coping with Numbness and Tips for Sleeping. It also features healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as desserts, snacks and smoothies.
Available in English and Spanish, “A Mom and Dad’s Guide to Preeclampsia” takes a unique approach by covering the subject from a mom and dad’s perspective. According to Papandreas, it is the only book of its kind to offer such guidance on dealing with preeclampsia. “It was written using real stories and examples of how we, personally, did it,” Papandreas says. “We know if we can do it, so can others.”
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-related condition marked by elevated blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. It typically occurs in women after 20 weeks of gestation and causes symptoms ranging from swelling to liver function abnormalities. If not properly treated, preeclampsia can develop into eclampsia—a potentially fatal condition involving coma and convulsions. Each year, 5 to 10 percent of pregnant women develop preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is as common in the United States as breast cancer, according to Papandreas. However, he says, in the past 2,000 years little has been discovered about how to prevent and/or cure it. That’s why he is donating 10 percent of all profits from the sale of his book to support preeclampsia research.
Papandreas wrote “A Mom and Dad’s Guide to Preeclampsia” to provide detailed information about how to deal with the diagnosis of preeclampsia. The book offers helpful tips, principles and real-life stories to illustrate how he and his wife successfully battled the disease. “Over the months, we developed a wonderful system for getting things done,” Papandreas says, recounting their experience. “We found ways to stay positive and grateful the entire time. Now, nine months after our baby is born—healthy and whole—this book is coming out to help other families with their struggle with preeclampsia.”
A first-time author, Papandreas was motivated to write the book because of the shortage of helpful information on the topic of preeclampsia. Despite all the books out there, he and his wife could not find any practical information to show them how other people dealt with the condition. “The only books available were medical journals and books for doctors,” Papandreas explains. “There were no books for regular people who wanted to know what to expect.”
“A Mom and Dad’s Guide to Preeclampsia,” is available online at MyPreeclampsia.com and Lulu.com. In the coming months, the book can also be acquired from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Apple iBookstore and other distribution points. For more information, please contact David Papandreas directly at 407-340-7518.