One of the greatest joys in a woman’s life is a moment when she becomes mother. Sadly, for women who are diagnosed with PKU disorder, this is not the easiest task in the world and in many cases it requires a lot of carefully planned steps if they want to give a birth to a healthy baby.
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You became a parent and your baby has been diagnosed with PKU. Naturally, you’re wondering: “My God, why this had to happen to me? What shall I do now?” Don’t worry, this is a perfectly normal reaction to any unexpected situation. But good news is that this is a treatable disease and if you stick strictly to a diet prescribed by your doctor, your baby will be all right.
PKU is the abbreviation for the metabolic disorder called Phenylketonuria which occurs in every 10.000-15.000 newborns and can affect both sexes equally. The disorder is caused by a mutated gene which is normally responsable for creating enzymes needed to break down amino acid called phenylalanine. High level of phenylalanine in patient’s blood can lead to serious health problems, including mental retardation.