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I kept thinking,​‘Is everything going to be okay? Are my babies going to be okay?’”

Laura's fear

Pregnancy can be a worrying time. When you’re also living with the fear of developing a cardiovascular disease, it’s terrifying.

That’s the reality Laura lives with. The mother of twin boys and a girl was diagnosed with both preeclampsia and gestational diabetes during her two pregnancies – conditions that could lead to serious long-term health problems for both her and her babies.

I’d like to think that she would not have to be at any risk. I’d like to think they will be able to diagnose and treat preeclampsia a lot earlier at that time, and avoid anything fatal down the track


Laura is not alone. Every year 10,000 women in Australia – one in 30 pregnancies – are diagnosed with preeclampsia. For an additional 20,000 women – one in 10 pregnancies – high blood pressure becomes an issue requiring treatment.

Unlike Laura, many women who suffer preeclampsia during pregnancy never get to take their babies home. Many more live with the fear that they and their children will develop a life-threatening cardiovascular condition.

One of Laura’s biggest concerns is for her daughter, who may one day have a child of her own.

Help women like Laura and their babies

We have discovered that a commonly available, over-the-counter medication has the potential to prevent preeclampsia and reduce associated risks during pregnancy.

It has taken our researchers 12 years of hard work to get to where they are now: on the brink of a discovery that could change the way preeclampsia is treated. This research has the potential to protect women and babies from the most devastating impacts of preeclampsia. It even has the potential to save lives.

We cannot continue vital research like this without your help.

If preeclampsia could be prevented, then one of the strongest risk factors for women’s heart disease could be prevented or reduced.

Professor Annemarie Hennessy
Group Leader at HRI and world-renowned preeclampsia researcher

Please help us protect women like Laura, and their babies, from life-threatening conditions like preeclampsia by making a tax-deductible donation today.

In thanks for your support, we’ve prepared a fact sheet about preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and our research that you can download.