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Dear Dr Miriam.

Byline: Dr Miriam Stoppard's

I had toxaemia with my last pregnancy and I'm expecting again. I'm scared to death that I will have toxaemia again. Is there any way I can find out if I'm in danger? Dr Miriam says: Yes, there is. I have good news - there is a new blood test that can identify women that have a risk of pre-eclamptic toxaemia, which is high blood pressure, protein in the urine and swelling of the face and hands. The test works by measuring a particular placental growth factor. The level of PIGF in a mother's blood is an important marker for you and your baby's wellbeing. A British study recently measured PIGF levels in 625 women with suspected PET, allowing doctors to identify the 94% of women with an abnormal test. These mums-to-be could then have an early birth, avoiding PET.

Why don't you speak to your midwife or doctor to see if you can have this test? It would give you great peace of mind to know whether you're at risk of PET or not and are able to take some action.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2012
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