Pre-eclampsia is one of the leading causes of the maternal deaths world-wide. While there are known risk factors, they'll tell you that the exact reasons are unknown. Yet, there's been a research which links pre-eclampsia to working outside home (I bet you haven't heard about that one. I didn't, either!):
Women who work during pregnancy are almost five times more likely to develop a condition that threatens the lives of both mother and baby, say researchers.
They believe the stress of being at work could be increasing hormone levels that put women at greater risk of pre-eclampsia, a common and dangerous complication of late pregnancy...
A study headed by Professor John Higgins, of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at University College, Cork, Ireland, reveals the definite link between carrying on with work and an increased risk of pre-eclampsia....
We aren't talking about older women, like 35+ over here, all the women in this study were in their prime child-bearing years:
The blood pressure of 933 women in their 20s at a large maternity hospital in Dublin was monitored over 24 hours while they went about their daily routines...
They were divided into three groups - 245 were working during their pregnancy, 289 were not working and 399 were employed, but chose not to work...
There were no differences among the three groups in length of pregnancy, birthweight, or method of delivery. But women in employment were almost five times as likely to develop pre-eclampsia.
However, the professor doing the research said that we should basically ignore the findings, because equality:
'Working during pregnancy has become the norm and this study is not something that can interfere with a woman's right and choice to work,' he added.
There is nothing quite as empowering as dying from eclampsia at your 21, but at least, you'll probably die standing:
previous research suggests prolonged standing causes problem pregnancies.
Just imagine if we treated the link between smoking and pregnancy problems in similar manner:
Smoking during pregnancy has become the norm and we can't interfere with a woman's right and choice to smoke (or shoot heroine or whatever).
Yeah, didn't think so.
In other news, sexual revolution has been fun. Luckily, there is no stigma attached any more to having STDs, like Herpes. And, it's easily treatable as well, for grown-ups. For babies, not so much:
Devastated parents have issued a severe warning to others after their baby girl died from the cold sore virus at just 12 days old...
'When someone who has the virus in their system and kisses an infant, it can spread rapidly.
'You can have the virus and not even know you have it. You don’t have to have an active cold sore to pass it on.'
The child died a horrible death but at least we don't discriminate any more:
Little Emerson's kidneys were next before all of her organs started failing. She then had multiple seizures that left her brain dead and unable to stay alive without the help of machines.
(Sarcasm button switched off). Parents, protect your babies! And for Pete's sake, don't hang around people who routinely have this kind of infections. Losing your child isn't worth it!