We think of childbirth as very safe these days, but one thing is scary Preeclampsia or Toxemia. That's when a woman's blood pressure gets so high during pregnancy, it threatens the life of the baby and the mother.
"If the Preeclampsia is severe no matter what the gestational age we have to deliver the patient. Which often times means having premature baby ," said Dr. Robin Kalisch, an Obstetrician at New York Presbyterian/Weill Medical Center.
But the good news tonight is that Canadian researchers have identified two molecules that appear to be at higher levels in women who develop the condition. So, they're hoping they can test for these molecules early in the pregnancy. That way, doctors could predict which women are in for a rough ride and take special steps to control the mother's blood pressure before it becomes dangerous.