Join the CONCEIVE study at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital

A new study by Imperial College London and Cambridge University into pre-eclampsia, a serious problem in pregnancy which is a major cause of mortality of both mother and baby, is taking place at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital.

Investigators are trying to understand whether changes of circulation in early pregnancy are linked to the development of pre-eclampsia.

They have launched the CONCEIVE study and are calling on women who are planning a pregnancy to join the study. They will do simple, safe, non-invasive tests (approximately 1 hour) and take blood and urine samples at six visits prior to, during and after pregnancy.

The study will follow the new mother up until after delivery, so that any subtle links between their pre-pregnant state and pregnancy outcomes can be established.

The findings of CONCEIVE could potentially help doctors recognise those at risk of developing pre- eclampsia.

Women who participate in the study will receive ovulation and pregnancy testing kits and will also be offered extra ultrasound scans of their baby.  They will have to attend Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital for their study visits, but do not necessarily have to book their pregnancy there.

For any queries, or to join the study, contact the team at conceive@imperial.nhs.uk or telephone 07714051359

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