Pre-eclampsia research

Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy condition that can lead to serious complications for mother and baby if left untreated. Tommy’s think that prevention is better than cure – so we’re funding research to figure out why it happens and how we can stop it.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that only affects women during pregnancy, usually in the second half (from around 20 weeks). Worldwide, it is a leading cause of death in both mothers and babies [1]. Around 2%-8% of all pregnancies are complicated by pre-eclampsia [2]. Severe cases develop in 1-2% of pregnancies [3]. Early signs include high blood pressure and protein appearing in urine tests.

The causes of pre-eclampsia aren’t fully understood – we think it is related to the placenta not attaching properly to the wall of the womb.

We need research to find out why it happens, so we can work to prevent it. That’s why Tommy’s funds pioneering research into the causes of pre-eclampsia, and the best ways of finding and caring for women at risk.

Research Highlights

Current pre-eclampsia research

Completed pre-eclampsia research

Sources

1. WHO (2011) Prevention and treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia 2011, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland, http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/44703/1/9789241548335_eng.pdf

2. WHO (2011) Prevention and treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia 2011, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland, http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/44703/1/9789241548335_eng.pdf

3. NHS Choices [accessed 10/01/2018] Pre-eclampsia overview, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pre-eclampsia/

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