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Deadly pregnancy complication is caused by the immune system rejecting the baby, study finds
Dec 13, 2016
A deadly pregnancy complication affecting 50,000 women a year is caused by their immune system rejecting the baby.
Pre-eclampsia, scientists have found, starts when a mother's white blood cells fail to adapt to the foreign body – the baby – inside her.
The breakthrough could prevent a complication affecting up to one in 12 pregnancies, which starves the baby of nutrients and oxygen in the womb.
Pre-eclampsia is caused by women's immune system rejecting the baby
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found that pre-eclampsia starts when a mother’s white blood cells fail to adapt to the foreign body - the baby - inside her.