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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #16

Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update

Believe it or not, there’s a lot going on this week aside from Princess Kate’s big announcement, and her subsequent condition which is actually quite serious. (You can get more info about what the Royal expectant mom is suffering from here.) But cheers to England nonetheless!

For the rest of us common folk, there’s some interesting news out this week on the pregnancy medical front, including how exercise affects preeclampsia risk, the removal of a common morning sickness drug from the market, and a new “nanofabric” contraceptive for women that’s more effective than condoms.

 


  • Newer Gene Tests Spot More Fetal Problems 1 of 7
    Newer Gene Tests Spot More Fetal Problems
    A new type of genetic testing, called microarray testing, seems to work better than the traditional genetic testing, known as karyotyping. While karyotyping looks at live cells, microarray offers a high resolution at the DNA level, allowing doctors to better discover diseases prenatally.
    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Zofran Pulled from Market 2 of 7
    Zofran Pulled from Market
    Zofran is sometimes used to control nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, but its high-dose injection form (32 mg) just got pulled from the market because of concerns about its link to cardiac problems. Lower doses still remain available.
    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Exercise Can Benefit Pregnant Women with High Blood Pressure 3 of 7
    Exercise Can Benefit Pregnant Women with High Blood Pressure
    It has been found that regular exercise before and during pregnancy is beneficial for women who develop high blood pressure during their pregnancies. The data suggests that "exercise regimens, if started before pregnancy and maintained through most of gestation, may be an important way for women to mitigate the risk of preeclampsia."
    Source: Medical Xpress
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  • New ‘Nanofabric’ Protects Against Pregnancy & HIV Better Than Condoms 4 of 7
    New 'Nanofabric' Protects Against Pregnancy & HIV Better Than Condoms
    A new contraceptive for women is being touted as a discreet and more effective method of pregnancy and HIV prevention than condoms. The nanofabric (pictures at source link below) dissolves in the body and releases drugs that prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
    Source: Popular SCience
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • High Vitamin D During Pregnancy Protects Mother Against MS 5 of 7
    High Vitamin D During Pregnancy Protects Mother Against MS
    According to the American Academy of Neurology, pregnant women with higher levels of Vitamin D have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life than those women with lower levels. The reduced risk of developing MS is significant, at 61 percent, for women with high levels of Vitamin D.
    Source: Medical Xpress
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  • Children Born to Stressed Moms Have Higher Chance of Being Bullied 6 of 7
    Children Born to Stressed Moms Have Higher Chance of Being Bullied
    Severe stress during pregnancy increases the chance of the child being bullied at school, according to a study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The study specifically found that "a developing baby can be impacted by the stress and mental health issues that his/her mom has while she is pregnant. They also found that these factors directly increase the chance of the child becoming a victim of bullying later on."
    Source: Medical News Today
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  • Omega-3s Might Reduce Postpartum Depression 7 of 7
    Omega-3s Might Reduce Postpartum Depression
    A new study out of Canada suggests that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids during and after pregnancy could reduce the symptoms associated with postpartum depression. Omega-3s come in supplement form, and are naturally found in foods like salmon, pasture-raised meats, omega-3 enriched eggs, wild rice, walnuts, and flax seeds.
    Source: Examiner
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