Primary Outcome Measures:
- Preterm delivery [ Time Frame: Ongoing ]
- Preeclampsia [ Time Frame: Ongoing ]
- Intrauterine growth restriction [ Time Frame: Ongoing ]
Preterm delivery, preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction are leading causes of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Efforts to treat these syndromes have not been effective, most likely because these obstetric complications are the clinical expression of adaptive mechanisms of host defense developed in response to pathologic insults. Since the ultimate pathologic basis of disease is unclear, therapy for these syndromes has been largely directed at symptoms, which appear late in the development of the disease. The main purpose of this study is to perform an early and comprehensive exploration of maternal and fetal factors that predict the subsequent development of these obstetric complications, so that early medical interventions may be tested in patients at high and low risk for adverse perinatal outcome.