While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News UpdateAela Mass
January is well underway, and with that comes germs, colds, flus, and other nasty head and chest issues — from which I am currently suffering. But, it’s Friday, so that’s good. It also means it’s time for this week’s While You Were Puking. Not a week goes by that I’m not amazed by the amount of pregnancy medical news that is released. Talk about a hot topic!
We’re switching up the format of this weekly post to help you more easily access the information. So if you’re wondering why this post looks different from others in this series, that’s why. It’s all to make it a better reading experience for you. Tell me how you like it in the comments!
Premature Water Breaking in Pregnancy Linked to Bacteria
According to a new study, 1/3 of all preterm births are the result of a woman’s water breaking. This is especially interesting to me, since my water broke at 17 weeks and I lost my twins as a result. The new study shows that high levels of bacteria are found in the amniotic sacs of preterm births. Researchers are further exploring this finding, because they are unsure if the high levels of bacteria are a cause or a result of water breaking early. (SOURCE: HealthDay)
Pregnant Mothers Who Get Flu Shot Are Less Likely to Have Premature Babies
Canadian researchers have discovered that pregnant women who get the flu shot “are significantly less likely to deliver premature or low-birth-weight babies compared to unvaccinated expectant mothers.” Researchers further state that the flu can have detrimental effects, including low birth weight and prematurity. (SOURCE: University of Minnesota)
Certain Epilepsy Drug Safe During Pregnancy, Certain Drug Not
According to British research, the drug levetiracetam — which is used to treat seizures — doesn’t carry a risk when taken during pregnancy. However, taking another seizure drug, valproate, during pregnancy up the risk of having a child who “scored lower on tests of movement, expressive language and language comprehension.” (SOURCE: US News Health)
Breast Cancer Risk Increases In First Pregnancies After Age 35
New research from Baylor College of Medicine suggests that the risk of breast cancer is higher in women who had their first baby after the age of 35. Conversely, early pregnancy protects against breast cancer. (SOURCE: BioNews Texas)
Type of Birth Control Dictates Time Between Pregnancies
According to a new study, the type of birth control a woman uses is tied to the length of time between her pregnancies. Specifically, women who use IUDs “and other types of long-term reversible birth control” are four times less likely to get pregnant again quickly after a previous pregnancy than are women who rely on condoms for birth control. (SOURCE: Reuters)
Sleep-Disordered Breathing Linked to Worsened Pregnancy Outcomes
New published research shows that pregnant women who have sleep-disordered breathing have a higher chance of developing gestational hypertension/preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and low-birth-weight babies. (SOURCE: MPR)
So there you have it ladies, this week’s round-up. Is there anything you’re surprised to learn? 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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I can’t believe how much new pregnancy medical news is hitting the press lately! It’s almost as if researchers and doctors waited until summer was over before releasing their findings. In any case, there is LOTS going on.
Practically at the same time, two reports came out about bottle feeding. And to add to the always hot topic with different opinions, one study highlights a positive about bottle feeding, and another highlights a negative.
But there’s more, including news about a blood test for Down syndrome, and just how music in the womb affects your baby. So, let’s get to it!
Even Low Smog Levels Tied to Lower Birth Weights 1 of 15
A new study reveals that pregnant women exposed to even low levels of smog are more likely to have a lower-birth-weight baby. Specifically, "All types of air pollution, especially so-called fine particulate matter, was linked to an increased risk of having a low-birth-weight baby, and was associated with a smaller average head circumference at birth."
Depressed Moms Might Pass It on 2 of 15
A British study suggests that "people whose mothers showed depressive symptoms during pregnancy had an increased risk for depression themselves at age 18." Researchers believe this might create a link between postnatal maternal depression and depression in offspring.
IUD Won’t Hurt Future Fertility 3 of 15
Bottle Feeding Raises Risk of Belly Blockage 4 of 15
Formula as Good as Breastmilk for Iodine Levels 5 of 15
Hyperthyroid Drugs Tied to Birth Defects 6 of 15
The use of two common hyperthyroidism drugs in early pregnancy have been linked to birth defects, according to new research. Specifically, propylthiouracil (PTU) and methimazole (MMI) are believed to up the risk of face/neck defects by 50% and musculoskeletal problems by 75%, respectively.
Infants Exposed to Smoking in Womb at Risk of Infections, Death 7 of 15
Ladies, smoking during pregnancy is awful. I know it's hard, but find a way to quit! The latest research shows that "Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for hospitalization and death due to both respiratory and nonrespiratory infections."
Kidney Transplant Rejection Drugs Tied to Pregnancy Risks 8 of 15
Gut Bugs Tied to Preemie Infections 9 of 15
Down syndrome Pregnancy Blood Test on Trial 10 of 15
Music Proves Babies Can Learn in Womb 11 of 15
Snoring During Pregnancy Tied to C-Section 12 of 15
A new study finds that "pregnant women who snore three or more nights a week are more likely to have a Caesarean section and smaller babies... the findings suggest that treating snoring in pregnant women may help reduce health problems among newborns and the associated medical costs."
Mother’s Allergy Shots in Pregnancy Might Cut Kids’ Risk 13 of 15
Weight Loss Surgery Tied to Higher Risk of Preemie Birth 14 of 15
Gestational Diabetes Tied to Perinatal Stroke 15 of 15
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