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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #10

Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #10

I really love compiling these weekly round-ups of pregnancy medical news. There’s always so much going on! This week, we’ve got the discovery of a new test that determines your chances of getting pregnant during your next cycle, the news of cosmetics being linked to birth defects because of a nasty ingredient, and much, much more.

Stay on top of the latest breaking pregnancy medical news with this week’s While You Were Puking, after the jump!

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  • Womb-scratching Technique Might Increase IVF Success 1 of 12
    Womb-scratching Technique Might Increase IVF Success
    British researchers have discovered that simply scratching the uterine lining doubles the chances of IVF success. The procedure is reported to be "quick, cheap, and relatively painless."
    Source: ABC News
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Low Birth Weight Increases Risk of Certain Diseases 2 of 12
    Low Birth Weight Increases Risk of Certain Diseases
    Underweight newborns have an increased risk of long-term effects, such as developing cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.
    Source: Medical Xpress
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Common Solvents Linked to Birth Defects 3 of 12
    Common Solvents Linked to Birth Defects
    Pregnant women with frequents exposure to bleach-containing solvents and glycol ethers are at a higher risk of having babies with birth defects. These solvents are common in paint, cleaning products, and yes cosmetics.
    Source: Rueters
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Free Birth Control Dramatically Reduces Abortion Rates 4 of 12
    Free Birth Control Dramatically Reduces Abortion Rates
    A new study that provided women and teenage females with free birth control has showed that doing so results in dramatically lower abortion rates and fewer unintended pregnancies. Specifically, the abortion rate among these women was four times less than the national average, and the teen pregnancy rate was five times less than the national average.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Study to Look Into Whether Exercise During Pregnancy Can Cut Offspring’s Risk of Cancer 5 of 12
    Study to Look Into Whether Exercise During Pregnancy Can Cut Offspring's Risk of Cancer
    The University of Kentucky has begun a study to determine whether exercise during pregnancy can lower the risk of cancer in future offspring.
    Source: Medical Xpress
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • New Formula Predicts Chance of Getting Pregnant 6 of 12
    New Formula Predicts Chance of Getting Pregnant
    A new calculation designed by researchers is based on the mother's age and how long the couple has been trying to conceive, and it predicts their chances of pregnancy success in the woman's next cycle.
    Source: The Telegraph
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Pre-eclampsia Test to be Available by 2015 7 of 12
    Pre-eclampsia Test to be Available by 2015
    A team from King's College in London has developed a way to detect specific risk factors in combination with certain proteins to predict pre-eclampsia. It's suspected to be available by 2015.
    Source: The West Australian News
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • BPA Tied to Thyroid Function of Mother and Baby 8 of 12
    BPA Tied to Thyroid Function of Mother and Baby
    BPA is found in a wide array of products, including plastic bottles, the lining of canned foods and canned beverages, cash-register receipts, and many others. It has now been linked to improper thyroid function of both the mother and the baby.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • New Vaccines Could Allow Complication-free Pregnancies 9 of 12
    New Vaccines Could Allow Complication-free Pregnancies
    A vaccine that turns off a pregnant woman's immune response is being said to end the risk of pregnancy complications. The vaccines could also be used to treat diseases in which the immune system turns hostile toward the body as it can in pregnancy such as Type 1 diabetes.
    Source: Medical Daily
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Weedkiller Linked to Birth Defect 10 of 12
    Weedkiller Linked to Birth Defect
    Women exposed to high levels of a common weedkiller, atrazine (the most commonly used herbicide in the U.S.), are twice as likely to have children with a rare nasal blockage birth defect.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • March of Dimes Urges Pregnant Woman to Get Flu Vac 11 of 12
    March of Dimes Urges Pregnant Woman to Get Flu Vac
    Not surprisingly, the March of Dimes is urging all pregnant women to get the flu shot, and insists that doing so is safe for both mother and unborn baby.
    Source: March of Dimes
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Mom’s Blood Pressure Might Be Linked to Son’s Cognitive Function 12 of 12
    Mom's Blood Pressure Might Be Linked to Son's Cognitive Function
    A Finnish study has discovered that men whose mothers suffered from high blood pressure during their pregnancies had poorer cognitive function later in life, scoring significantly lower on IQ tests and showing a greater decline in cognitive ability after age 20.
    Source:MedPage Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo

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