Category Archives: Pregnancy

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What can we do to reduce the number of stillborn babies?

Sadly, stillbirths are more common than you may realise. Data shows that 11 babies are stillborn every day in the UK, which is more than 3,600 each year.  Approximately one-third of these happen at term, in other words after 37 weeks of pregnancy. These statistics make stillbirth 15 times more common than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot deathContinue reading

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Why is your BMI in pregnancy important?

Knowing your body mass index, or BMI, in pregnancy is important information for health professionals, as having a very low BMI (under 18.5) or a raised BMI in pregnancy (over 25) can increase the risk of complications for both you and your baby. If you are overweight these risks increase with your BMI measurement, particularly if you have a BMI of more than 40. Continue reading

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Pregnancy conditions explained: Pre-eclampsia

What is pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia is the most common type of hypertensive (high blood pressure) disorder that can develop in pregnancy. The exact cause of pre-eclampsia isn’t really known; research suggests that genetics may play a role with the genetic make-up of some women making them more vulnerable to getting it. Pre-eclampsia is also thought to happen when the blood vessels in the placenta don’t develop properly, so the placenta doesn’t function as it should do. Continue reading