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Breakthrough in fight against pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsiaSmall_0.jpgPre-eclampsia is a medical condition, in pregnant women, characterised by high blood pressure and significant amounts of protein in the urine. If left untreated, it can develop into life- threatening eclampsia, the occurrence of seizures during pregnancy. However scientists may now have found the cause of the condition using hydrogen sulphide (gas that smells like rotten eggs).

Tests have shown that by giving the gas to pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia it can prevent them developing the condition and protect the growth of their babies. Hydrogen sulphide is produced naturally in the body, but levels appear to be lower in some women. Scientists say that if used safely in the form of a drug it can make up for this natural shortfall and help maintain a healthy blood flow to the placenta.

Pre-eclampsia affects one in 20 first-time mothers towards the end of pregnancy. This new research could lead to a treatment for pregnant women being developed by the end of the decade, but it would have to be in pill form because the gas is toxic. If you would like more pregnancy & birth information our private maternity care team are happy to speak to you any time of the day. To make an appointment to speak to or see a private Simply Better Birth midwife please give us a call on 0844 880 1084 or send us an email at