One major issue that faces pregnant mothers is the debilitating disease known as preeclampsia. Luckily, researchers have recently found a strong link between specific genes and the occurrence of preeclampsia. The studied gene, HLA-G, helps to protect the placenta during delivery so that the mother’s immune system does not reject it. The promising results of this study may provide insight into delivery complications. Researchers are hopeful that a specific autoimmune drug may help to treat preeclampsia in the future, but more testing needs to be performed.
- Boy babies are more vulnerable to preeclampsia, a pregnancy condition causing preterm births.
- The HLA-G gene is connected to the baby’s gender, survival chances, and preeclampsia.
- Researchers from the University of Helsinki studied close to 1.8 million births.
“Based on the results, the researchers propose that a well-known drug for autoimmune disorders might be tested to prevent or treat preeclampsia.”