I am going to write today about pregnancy. For me this is quite risky for three reasons. Firstly, the idea of a man writing about this exclusively female problem, secondly, because there are no exact answers and, thirdly, because each pregnancy is a unique event and something which applies in one case will not apply in another.
One of the problems with research in this area is the difficulty of experimentation to find causes. The development of human pregnancy is completely different from any other mammal so experiments on animals are misleading. Obviously, it is not possible to experiment on live subjects who are undergoing pregnancy and, when something goes wrong, it is not possible to replicate what was happening when this dynamic system was in action. So all researchers can do is observe and hope to spot trends and coincidences that may point to answers.
The subject of particular interest to ActiveSignal researchers is unexpected increases in blood pressure around the 20th week of pregnancy or after. This can cause eclampsia; a type of seizure or convulsion during pregnancy which can be fatal to mother, baby or both. The circumstances that lead to this happening are called preeclampsia. This is characterised by raised blood pressure and is indicated by protein leaking from the kidneys into the urine. Visible symptoms can include headaches, blurred vision, stomach pains, swellings and cramps. The important point to recognise is that it is the increase in blood pressure that is important and not necessarily the absolute pressure. Thus, a woman who normally has low blood pressure may be preeclampsic even if her absolute blood pressure is not specifically high.
Most doctors will tell you that preeclampsia will cause raised blood pressure. We venture to suggest that, in fact, the problem may be the other way round; that is to say that raised blood pressure could be the primary cause of preeclampsia. From this point of view we can start to explain why the problem may arise.
We have observed that there are two cases where women seem to be more likely to develop the condition. The first case is a well fed woman has slightly or more raised blood glucose. The foetus grows fast in early pregnancy so that by the end of the second trimester, or the beginning of the third, the foetal growth is much too great for the woman to supply enough nutrients for growth from her own resources. In some cases the women, who theoretically needs to increase food intake, will unknowingly reduce intake because of the pressure of the ever larger foetus on the stomach. Also diabetics may be put on low calorie diets causing the same problem to occur.
Now the foetus will use up all the carbohydrate reserves for further growth, and will then start using body fat or protein. This fat and/or protein are broken down in the liver and the result is ketones and protein in the blood circulation causing toxicity. Babies delivered are usually over the predicted birth weight.
The second case (much less common) is a woman who is underweight and undernourished. There may come a point at any time in the pregnancy where the expectant mother cannot supply enough nutrients for foetal growth simply because she does not have the reserves to do so. The body starts to take body fat or protein and the result is the same as above. In this case the baby delivered tends to be under the predicted birth weight. It will be seen that preeclampsia and pregnancy hypertension are similar related metabolic disorders, if not the same thing.
Put very simply, ketones are a component of the production of energy in the body and proteins are the compounds from which the body, and particularly the foetus, are built. The body will work to keep these in balance within the circulation and, at the same time, will keep the balance of blood glucose under control. When there is an excess of glucose, blood will thicken and flow more slowly and pressure will build up.
As this metabolic imbalance builds, this will cause the expectant mother to perspire more and the management of electrolytes, also vital to the building of the foetus, will also be impacted, leading to breakdowns in vital cooling systems. So this vicious circle in the balance of the body’s resources will increasingly result in blood pressure rising which, in turn results in the over-pressurised circulation putting stress on both mother and baby. This is a metabolic condition which is difficult to control but the first essential is to measure and control blood glucose before and right at the start of pregnancy. Also exercise and the avoidance of stress is important for maintaining balance and control. There is a further problem in that the drug therapies that may be used to control hypertension in other patients are not suitable for expectant mothers.
Once preeclampsia has developed, and cases will vary in severity, the most usual therapy prescribed will be rest, often in hospital. In the more extreme cases termination or early delivery by caesarean section may be advised.
In 95% of all cases, preeclampsia will probably be caused by metabolic imbalance although liver and kidney malfunctions may also have some responsibility. At ActiveSignal we recommend that every expectant mother should practise self help including special attention to diet, including the recommended supplements, and skin care from an early stage to maintain the necessary skin elasticity. We also advise that taking ion eXtra™ throughout the pregnancy and early post-natal stages will play a very important role in maintaining the necessary metabolic balance. This will assist in maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. We recommend starting during the second month of the pregnancy and then taking the supplement for twenty-eight days, a seven day break and then the next 28 day course. Because this treatment works exclusively through cell signalling to restore balance it is guaranteed to be 100% safe and cannot cause side effects of any kind.
As ion eXtra™ works to restore the micro-circulation, that is our capillaries, taking it has the added benefit of promoting fast recovery after the stress of childbirth and any surgical procedures that may have been necessary. This is because healing is quicker where there is an optimum blood supply.
© Graeme Ward September 2010