Only one blood test will help to identify high risk of complications at birth. Determination of the concentration of the marker DLK1 allows physicians to identify a group of particular attention of obstetricians. On preliminary data, writes the Times of India.
During pregnancy and childbirth with complications in rodents in the blood decreased level of DLK1 protein. Further analysis showed that this compound is the fruit.
Next, a similar test researchers conducted with 129 women who gave birth of her first child. At low levels of DLK1 expectant mothers often face problems during delivery. Apparently, the connection was found to play a critical role in fetal growth and saturation of its energy.