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Why doesn't aspirin work for some women?
June 16, 2020
Why doesn't aspirin work for some women?

Low dose aspirin is prescribed in pregnancy to prevent preeclampsia, but some women may experience a condition known as aspirin resistance, in which case aspirin treatment is not effective.

Is polycystic kidney disease related to classical preeclampsia or HELLP?
February 22, 2020
Is polycystic kidney disease related to classical preeclampsia or HELLP?

Is polycystic kidney disease related to classical preeclampsia or HELLP?

Is metformin protective?
November 01, 2019
Is metformin protective?

There are some reasons to think metformin, used differently from how it is used in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or diabetes, might lower risk of preeclampsia, and other reasons to think it might not have much effect.

Celiac disease and preeclampsia
August 23, 2019
Celiac disease and preeclampsia

The largest meta-analysis of this question to date included almost 5 million women and found no differences in the rate of preeclampsia when women with celiac disease were compared to women without it.

What risk is added by Factor V Leiden?
August 07, 2019
What risk is added by Factor V Leiden?

The connection between Factor V Leiden deficiency and HELLP syndrome is unclear.

Do your Vitamin D levels prior to pregnancy affect your risk for preeclampsia?
July 25, 2019
Do your Vitamin D levels prior to pregnancy affect your risk for preeclampsia?

There is a known relationship between levels of vitamin D in the maternal bloodstream, and preeclampsia. When pregnancy levels have been measured, women with higher levels develop preeclampsia less often than women with lower levels.

Thyroid antibodies and preeclampsia
July 25, 2019
Thyroid antibodies and preeclampsia

Researchers have wondered about the thyroid antibodies/preeclampsia relationship too, but the more it has been studied the less likely it seems. The idea, roughly, is that since thyroid disorders are known to raise risk of miscarriage and preterm bir...

Is there a connection between hyperemesis gravidarum and preeclampsia?
July 09, 2019
Is there a connection between hyperemesis gravidarum and preeclampsia?

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), is severe and persistent nausea and vomiting in pregnancy that, unlike morning sickness, can last until delivery. It is not well understood, but does seem to be related somehow to preeclampsia.

Does sleep apnea increase risk for preeclampsia?
June 13, 2019
Does sleep apnea increase risk for preeclampsia?

Women with sleep apnea are known to be at higher risk of chronic hypertension, which raises the risk for preeclampsia, and are at higher risk of preeclampsia, even if they are not chronic hypertensives.

Will you experience preeclampsia during the next pregnancy?
December 20, 2018
Will you experience preeclampsia during the next pregnancy?

One of the more frequent questions we hear is “Will I have preeclampsia during future pregnancies?" We asked Dr. Ira Bernstein, a member of the Preeclampsia Foundation Medical Advisory Board, to provide some insight.

Is the MTHFR gene associated with preeclampsia?
January 07, 2016
Is the MTHFR gene associated with preeclampsia?

Studies have shown that variations, or subtle differences, in the MTHFR gene are associated with increased risk for many common conditions including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and preeclampsia, among several others. MTHFR helps metab...