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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #21

Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update

Hey, hey, it’s Friday! Aside from gearing up for the weekend (you know, those two days sandwiched between Friday and Monday that people without children get to sleep in on), it’s time for your weekly installment of While You Were Puking!

Like always, there’s some incredibly interesting pregnancy medical news out this week, some good and some not-so good. My favorite discovery this week is about breastfeeding and cancer who doesn’t like good cancer news?. Click through to learn more!

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  • Miscarriage-prevention Drug May Not be Safe 1 of 14
    Miscarriage-prevention Drug May Not be Safe
    The steroid dexamethasone is sometimes prescribed to prevent miscarriage, but it's suspected that the drug can cross the placental barrier and affect fetal development.
    Source: The Atlantic
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Women Should Avoid Pregnancy for a Year After Weight-loss Surgery 2 of 14
    Women Should Avoid Pregnancy for a Year After Weight-loss Surgery
    Researchers are suggesting that women who have undergone weigh-loss surgery do not get pregnant for one year after the surgery. Women who do not wait the year had miscarriage rates of 31 percent as opposed to the women who did wait, whose miscarriage rate was 18 percent.
    Source: Health
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Ultrasound with Doppler Excludes DVT 3 of 14
    Ultrasound with Doppler Excludes DVT
    The use of compression ultrasonography with Doppler imaging of the iliac vein appears to reliably rule out deep vein thrombosis in symptomatic pregnant women, researchers found.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Women Pregnant via IVF Have Higher Risk of Blood Clot 4 of 14
    Women Pregnant via IVF Have Higher Risk of Blood Clot
    New research has shown that women who get pregnant through IVF are five times more likely to develop life-threatening blood clots.
    Source: Daily Mail
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Choline Supplement in Pregnancy May Prevent Schizophrenia 5 of 14
    Choline Supplement in Pregnancy May Prevent Schizophrenia
    Groundbreaking research has discovered that when choline is taken as a dietary supplement in the last two trimesters of pregnancy and in early infancy show a lower rate of physiological schizophrenic risk factors in infants 33 days old.
    Source: EurekAlert
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Pandemic Flu Vaccine Does Not Harm Fetus 6 of 14
    Pandemic Flu Vaccine Does Not Harm Fetus
    Researchers from Norway have found that there have been no adverse effects in the pregnancies of women who received the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Light Exposure During Pregnancy Crucial to Healthy Eye Development 7 of 14
    Light Exposure During Pregnancy Crucial to Healthy Eye Development
    Scientists have found that a fetus' exposure to light in the womb plays a large role in normal and healthy eye development. The findings hold special significance for premature babies that have sometimes suffered from blindness in the past.
    Source: ScienceDaily
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Slow Growth of Preemies May Harm Brain Cortex 8 of 14
    Slow Growth of Preemies May Harm Brain Cortex
    Slower postnatal growth of premature babies posts a significant delay in development of cortical gray matter during an infant's first weeks after birth, brain imaging studies showed.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • More U.S. Women Suffering from Pregnancy Complications 9 of 14
    More U.S. Women Suffering from Pregnancy Complications
    A new study has revealed that pregnancy complications and childbirth complications are on the rise for U.S. women. The number of medical emergencies that took place during childbirth rose 75% from 1999 to 2009, and serious post-birth complications doubled during that same time period.
    Source: Digital Journal
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Overseas Surrogacy May Lead to Exploitation 10 of 14
    Overseas Surrogacy May Lead to Exploitation
    A recently published investigation from the UK states that couples and surrogate mothers are "in danger of emotional, physical and financial exploitation unless UK authorities monitor and regulate the field much more closely."
    Source: Health24
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Hypertension During Pregnancy Increases Chance of Kidney Disease 11 of 14
    Hypertension During Pregnancy Increases Chance of Kidney Disease
    Women with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are at higher risk of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease compared with women without the disorders, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
    Source: EurekAlert
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage Doesn’t Affect Future Fertility 12 of 14
    Postpartum Hemorrhage Doesn't Affect Future Fertility
    First pregnancies complicated by postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) have no detrimental effect on future fertility, but women who have cesarean sections at the time of PPH are less likely to conceive again, according to a new study.
    Source: Medical Xpress
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Epilepsy Drug During Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ 13 of 14
    Epilepsy Drug During Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ
    Children of mothers who take the antiepileptic drug valproate during pregnancy have lower IQ scores at age 6. And the higher the dose of valproate during pregnancy, the greater the effect on a child's IQ, according to a report published in Lancet Neurology.
    Source: U.S. News Health
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Breastfeeding May Cut Mother’s Risk of Ovarian Cancer by 91% 14 of 14
    Breastfeeding May Cut Mother's Risk of Ovarian Cancer by 91%
    A new study shows that the rate of ovarian cancer in women who have breastfed is up to 91% less than in women who did not breastfeed, with the risk being further reduced the longer the mother breastfeeds.
    Source: Medical Daily
    Photo: iStockphoto

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