MISCARRIAGE

MISCARRIAGE

The term Miscarriage has been used to replace the old term called abortion which to a lay man could be referred to as illegal termination of pregnancy. Miscarriage is an unfortunate event in early pregnancy which has both psychological and emotional effect on the mother and the family in view of their expectation of successful pregnancy. Miscarriage can occur spontaneously which refers to spontaneous loss of pregnancy before viability, but become recurrent if it occurs about 3 to 4 consecutive times before the pregnancy become viable. In Nigeria, the age of viability is considered from 28 weeks while in other...

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PREECLAMPSIA

PREECLAMPSIA

Preeclampsia is a common complication of pregnancy that is characterized by high blood pressure and loss of protein in the urine.  It usually develops in the second half of pregnancy (after 20 weeks) in women whose blood pressure had been normal. It can also occur following delivery of the baby but usually resolves six weeks after delivery. It affects 5-14% of pregnancies worldwide. If left untreated, it can be fatal for both the mother and baby.  Preeclampsia is thought to begin in the placenta (the nutritive organ of the baby).  Early in pregnancy, new blood vessels develop and evolve to...

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PREMATURITY AWARENESS WEEK

PREMATURITY AWARENESS WEEK

The birth of a Premature baby is a an anxious moment for a family with fears and worries mostly pertaining to survival of the baby Thankfully medicine has made it possible for many premature babies to survive and eventually lead fruitful and successful lives Premature awareness week endeavours to bring to the fore the existence of such special babies, their challenges and the implications for the family and society at large of their existence, survival, growth and development The Premature newborn is a fully fledged member of the society with a right to life, care and survival. Many successful individuals...

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