Action on Pre-eclampsia has praised bosses at EastEnders for bringing pre-eclampsia into the storyline around Stacey Fowler’s pregnancy.

APEC is a national charity that has supported tens of thousands of women over the last 25 years. Our education programme for midwives continues to offer vital specialist training, and we provide support to women and patient organisations worldwide.

Marcus Green, APEC CEO, said “Actress Lacey Turner and EastEnders have sensitively handled a real trauma for very many pregnant women. In the UK today, pre-eclampsia affects up to 10% of first time pregnancies, with severe pre-eclampsia affecting about one or two in every 100 pregnancies.

“Pre-eclampsia is the most common of the serious complications of pregnancy. It is caused by a defect in the placenta, which supplies the baby with nutrients and oxygen from the mother’s blood. While we still do not know the root cause of pre-eclampsia, medical science is expanding our knowledge every day.

“This common condition can be fatal for both mother and baby. Every six minutes, a mum dies of it somewhere in the world. Thankfully, good care means less than one in a million pregnant women die of pre-eclampsia in the UK.”

Prof Andrew Shennan, Chair of Trustees and Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London said: “In the early stages of pre-eclampsia, there are often no symptoms at all. That’s why all pregnant women need regular checks of blood pressure and urine to spot it. Due to these regular checks provided by the NHS, the U.K. is one of the safest places in the world to have pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia can develop unexpectedly in any pregnancy, and isn’t caused by adverse life events. If detected, prompt delivery can prevent fits in the mother. We still need more research into the best ways to limit the impact on the baby.”

For over 20 years, the APEC helpline, online social media, and email services have supported thousands of women throughout the UK and the world. Our education programme for midwives continues to offer vital specialist training, and we continue to have world leaders in the field as speakers.

Any woman affected by the storyline is welcome to contact us via our Facebook page, or telephone our support line on 01386 761848.