Pregnancy Problems

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Fetal Growth Restriction
is usually due to placental problems leading to inadequate nutrition of the baby and overall affects 1 in 10 pregnancies.

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Premature Birth
is one of the greatest risks to a baby's health. Premature babies are 10-times less likely to survive. Two-thirds of all premature births are caused by spontaneous premature labour.

Next Steps to Prevent the Major Complications of Late Pregnancy

Pre-eclampsia is a complex pregnancy complication whereby high blood pressure arises in the second half of pregnancy. It affects 5% of first time mothers. Globally 70,000 women and 500,000 babies die every year as a direct result of pre-eclampsia. For the mother, it can lead to acute problems in the liver, kidneys, brain and the clotting system, and pre-eclampsia is the most important cause of maternal death in Europe - accounting for 17-24% of all maternal deaths. A quarter of the babies born to mothers with preeclampsia are growth restricted and a third are premature.

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