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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Update

The Latest Pregnancy Medical News

It’s Friday, so that can mean only one thing: It’s time for this week’s While You Were Puking! And — WOW — there is some seriously interesting info out this week on the pregnancy medical news front.

So, let’s get to it.

Babies Born to Moms Over 35 Have Lower Risk for Certain Birth Defects: It’s rare that there’s any positive medical news about having a baby “later in life” (ugh, that’s painful to say), so I think this is just great. A new study suggests that women 35 and older are at a lower risk of “having children with birth defects known as major congenital malformations — physical defects that are not caused by abnormalities in chromosomes.” (SOURCE: HealthDay)

Common Colds During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Asthma: New research shows that a baby’s risk of developing asthma and allergies is linked to the number of common colds and viral infections a woman has during her pregnancy. Specifically, the more she has, the greater the risk. (SOURCE: University Herald)

Docs Say Hot Yoga is Unsafe During Pregnancy: Canadian researchers announced this week that hot yoga is not safe for pregnant women. The concern is the excessive heat that both the mother and the unborn baby is exposed to, because such hot temperatures up core body temperatures — which can cause maternal hyperthermia. Docs say this condition is not good and can increase the risk of neural tube defects, malformations of the brain and spine, including spina bifida. (SOURCE: Motherisk Program at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, via Postmedia News)

Ibuprofen Doesn’t Increase Risk of Miscarriage: According to a new study, “pain relievers from the class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) won’t increase a pregnant woman’s risk of miscarriage.” Such drugs include Advil, Motrin and Aleve. (SOURCE: HealthDay)

Schizophrenia Ups Risk of Complicated Pregnancy: New research out this week shows that women with schizophrenia are twice as likely to have complicated pregnancies, including preeclampsia, preterm birth, placental abruption and abnormally small or heavy babies. Additionally, the study found that fertility rates are on the rise for this specific group of women. (SOURCE: PsychCentral)

Coffee in Pregnancy Tied to Childhood Leukemia Risk: Whoa, right? The Pregnancy Coffee Debate is always a hot one. The most accepted guideline seems to be that the occasional cup — even a cup a day — is safe. But the “no coffee during pregnancy” side of the debate just earned another point. New research shows a connection between drinking coffee during pregnancy and an increased risk of childhood leukemia, with “high-level” coffee drinkers creating the greatest risk. (SOURCE: DoctorsLounge)

New Moms Aren’t Going to Important Postpartum 6-Week Checkup: A new study suggests that many new mothers — half, in fact — aren’t making it to their 6-week checkup. Doctors are urging women to schedule and attend this important post-birth follow-up appointment. (SOURCE: HealthDay)

That’s it for this week. Some crazy stuff, right? Remember, this isn’t medical advice — don’t use it as such. It’s intended to be strictly informative. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have.

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