At birth, Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor’s hand, weighing a mere 9 1/2 ounces. Born at 24 weeks in late August, the little fighter is believed to be the second-smallest baby to survive in the U.S. and third smallest in the world.
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy condition that can be fatal. Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia can include swelling of the hands, face or eyes, excessive or sudden weight gain, headaches, changes in vision, agitation, abdominal pain and decreased urination. Protein in the mother’s urine is usually checked if preeclampsia is suspected. Currently, the only cure for preeclampsia is delivery of the baby.
November is Prematurity Awareness Month. In honor of this, some parents who have had babies prematurely have offered to tell their stories to create awareness about this important cause.
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Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition that as many as 8 percent of pregnant women face. It can cause several health conditions, preterm birth, and the possibility of death if left untreated. A new test, however, may allow doctors to predict which women will face preeclampsia and begin preparing for it before symptoms appear.
A study that looked at 1,272 healthy women in their 14th week of pregnancy, has revealed that pregnant women who get five hours of sleep or less per night and those who sleep more the ten hours a night are at an increased risk of running into complications with their pregnancy.
An international team of researchers have indentified a metabolic identifier that is currently ninety percent accurate in predicting women who will develop pre-eclampsia. Three percent of all pregnant women in Canada are affected by this serious disease, known to kill both mother and baby.
Little Addison was born three months early and weighed just 13.7 ounces. At her birth, doctors at Bay Area Hospital gave her a very slim chance of survival. Now Addison is about to celebrate her first birthday- and she is a happy and healthy little girl.
New research may have found a link between vitamin D and early-onset severe preeclampsia. The dangerous condition, which affects around 3 percent of pregnancies, can cause preterm birth and severe health complications in both mother and child.
Researchers at Yale University have come up with a suggestion that many expectant moms would love to carry out – eat chocolates if you are pregnant. The team has found that eating chocolates three to four times a day can help prevent the risk of pre-eclampsia among pregnant women.