Monday, August 07, 2006

Prevent Preeclampsia

The importance of pre-conception care continues to be stressed in the media.  It has already been determined that folic acid taken for several months prior to conception can significantly decrease the incidence of certain spinal chord defects.  Some new research points to the importance of taking multi-vitamins pre-conception to help prevent pre-eclampsia.  Please read....

Preeclampsia affects about 7 percent of first pregnancies and is a leading cause of premature delivery and maternal and fetal death. Signs of preeclampsia include high blood pressure, protein in the urine and swelling of the hands and feet. Untreated, the condition may progress to the far more serious eclampsia, which can be fatal. Infants born to mothers with preeclampsia have a risk of mortality five times greater than those born to women with normal pregnancies. In the U.S. alone, nearly 15 percent of preterm deliveries are a result of preeclampsia.

Vitamin Use Reduces Preeclampsia Risk

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