HomeHealthArchivesJun 2008



New Test for Moms-to-Be

A new test may detect nutritional shortcomings in pregnant women before the condition harms the fetus.

As described recently in the Ladies' Home Journal, the procedure goes a step beyond current tests, which simply measure amounts of key vitamins in the body. This test, which analyzes the exhaled breath of pregnant women, can measure how efficiently the body uses the vitamins.

Researchers say the test is most valuable in its measurements of levels of vitamins A and E. Lack of these can lead to fetal eye disorders, lung disease and bowel inflammation.