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Pre-eclampsia Blood Test

Pre-eclampsia affects 1 in 16 women and is a serious condition that causes high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Current antenatal testing involves mothers coming into hospital for blood testing, this may include a hospital admission to await results and frequent checkups of blood pressure and urine within the community.

NICE has recently approved a blood test that will decrease the need for hospital admission. The test can be taken between 20 and 35 weeks of pregnancy and will be able to say whether pre-eclampsia is likely in the next 7-14 days. This will help avoid babies being delivered unnecessarily early and is a really positive step for the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia.

Article written by Emily Seddon

Emily is a midwife with many years of experience. She is passionate about supporting midwives of the future. As a clinical mentor, student link and being on university interview panels, she knows what it takes to get a place!

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