This test helps in the early screening of preeclampsia during pregnancy. It produces two values, the ratio between which is calculated to predict the risk for the mother to develop it.
What is Preeclampsia?
It is a problem with pregnancy associated with high blood pressure in the mother and high protein level in the urine. Other symptoms include:
· sudden weight gain,
· severe headaches,
· visual disturbances,
· upper abdominal pain
· excessive swelling in face, hands, feet and legs
Often, these are mistaken as the normal symptoms of pregnancy. Hence, it often goes untested in the first trimester. Testing is needed to help in the early identification of risk for this problem, and creating treatment plans.