Is it just me, or are the weeks just flying by?! I promised you this would once again become a weekly column, and I’m glad so many of you are enjoying it.
This week has brought a lot of breaking pregnancy medical news, including more bad news about smoking during pregnancy. I know it’s an addiction, and a tough one to quit — I smoked on and off for nearly 11 years, and have been 100% smoke-free years now. So, trust me, I get it. But, come on ladies! You’ve got to do it for your babies.
Ok, lecture over.
Let’s get to the news!
Smoking While Pregnant Raises Baby’s Risk of Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip: Just today, the US Surgeon General confirmed that smoking during pregnancy upped the risk of having a baby with a cleft lip and a cleft palate. Additionally, the report states “that smoking causes about 1,000 infant deaths in the United States each year. Of those, 40 percent are classified as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Smoking during pregnancy is also linked with preterm birth and stillbirth.” And amazingly, 23 percent of American women smoke during pregnancy. (SOURCE: Health Day)
Taking Antidepressants in Late Pregnancy Linked to Lung Problems in Newborn: According to a new review, pregnant women who use certain antidepressants are more than twice as likely to have a newborn with lung complications. The specific antidepressants linked to this issue are fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor) and paroxetine (Paxil). (SOURCE: Health Day)
Maternal Stress Increases Daughter’s Smoking Risk: New research suggests that a daughter’s risk of becoming a smoker is greater if her mother experienced stress during pregnancy, but the same cannot be said of sons. Researchers believe that “sex hormones may explain the higher risk of smoking in female fetuses exposed to maternal stress.” (SOURCE: Counsel and Heal)
Universal Diabetes Screening Coming to Your OB-GYN Office? New recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) state that all women should be screened for gestational diabetes at 24 weeks, even if they show no signs or symptoms of the disease. Gestational diabetes affect 1-25% of all pregnancies and is linked to preeclampsia, fetal macrosomia, and neonatal hypoglycemia. (SOURCE: MedPage Today)
Pregnant Women Who Get Texts Alerts are More Likely to Get Vaccinated: A new study shows that pregnant women who receive a reminder text about flu vaccinations are more likely to get them. Specifically, women who received the texts were 30% more likely to be vaccinated. (SOURCE: MedicalXpress)
As always, stay healthy, stay informed, and always remember this column is not intended to serve as medical advice — talk to your doctor about any concerns you have.
See you next week!
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