While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News UpdateAela Mass
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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Whoa, a lot has developed since the last While You Were Puking. I took a small hiatus from this column during the holidays, but we’re back in action–and planning to make this a weekly post once again! Thanks to everyone who follows it faithfully, and to all who share it.
I do this series because I’m fascinated by all the latest pregnancy medical news, though I must say: I take it all with a grain of salt. As we’ve seen in the past, news can break that highlights something wonderful about, say, eating fish during pregnancy, and another study will be published that same week saying how dangerous eating fish can be for pregnant women.
This post is never intended to scare you. It’s simply meant to be a tool to help you navigate through your pregnancy, armed with some knowledge that you may or may not find useful for your pregnancy–but it sure is good to know.
This post is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be used as medical advice. As always, talk to your doctor about any health concerns or questions.
Nicotine Patches May Be Just As Bad As Smoking Cigarettes During Pregnancy 1 of 10
Many smokers turn to the nicotine patch during their pregnancies because they believe it to be safer than smoking cigarettes. But doctors are now in disagreement over whether the patch should be used during pregnancy, as nicotine itself can cause "potentially equal harm to unborn babies."
Steroids for Preemies Can Up Risk for ADHD 2 of 10
According to a new study, taking steroid injections during a pregnancy that is at risk of premature birth may increase the risk of the child developing ADHD. Steroids are often used to help develop the unborn baby's lungs, but now doctors are looking at the link between steroids and mental health problems in children.
Treating RA in Mom Doesn’t Weaken Baby’s Bones 3 of 10
New research shows that pregnant women who suffer from and treat rheumatoid arthritis during their pregnancies do not have children with lower bone density. Both active rheumatoid arthritis and prednisone (the common treatment for RA) are linked to lowered bone density in patients; but the link does not carry over to children, according to the new data.
Enlarged Heart Cause of Pregnancy Deaths 4 of 10
A study from California reveals that undiagnosed cardiomyopathy--or, enlarged heart--is a leading cause of pregnancy-related mortality. What's more, nearly 30 percent of these deaths could be prevented if the women are treated properly, according to the lead doctor of the study.
Fetal Death Rates High in Diabetic Women 5 of 10
New British research shows that "women who had diabetes before they became pregnant had increased risks for losing the child, as a result of either fetal or infant death." Specifically, women with Type 1 or 2 diabetes have four times the risk of fetal death, and are two times more likely to lose the child within the first year of life.
Multiple Births on the Decline 6 of 10
According to a new national study, the rate of multiple births is on the decline. While the number of women seeking fertility treatments are up, doctors are not transferring three or more embryos at the same rate as done previously.
Pregnancy After 30 Leads to Preterm Births and Stillbirth 7 of 10
My least favorite news is any that deals with bad reasons to get pregnant after 30 (I'm pushing 36), so naturally, I'm not thrilled about the latest. A new study from Sweden shows that women over 30 are 20 percent more likely to have a premature baby or stillbirth. Additionally, previous studies have shown that miscarriage rates increase by almost 12 percent in women over 30.
Read more from its source: Parent Herald
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Eating Red Meat During Pregnancy Increases Gestational Diabetes Risk 8 of 10
Kids’ Social Skills Suffer When Pregnant Moms Drink 9 of 10
To drink, or not to drink? That seems a very serious question these days, and reports continue to be conflicting--at least with regard to how much, if any, is safe. But the latest study shows that children of moms who drank during pregnancy are more likely to have problems with their social skills, as well as emotional and behavioral issues.
Bacterial Infections During Pregnancy Might Up Risk of Autism 10 of 10
A recent paper published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders states that pregnant women who have a bacterial infection disgnosed during a hospital stay have an increased chance of having a child with autism by 60 percent.
Read more frorm its source: US News Health
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