Happy Friday, and welcome to yet another While You Were Puking! As usual, there’s lots going on this week when it comes to pregnancy medical news.
There seems to be a breakthrough in better understanding pregnancy loss, scientists have discovered an enzyme that protects baby in the womb from stress, and research is suggesting that IVF babies have a higher risk of developing cancer.
But the news doesn’t stop there…
This Week’s Pregnancy Medical News 1 of 13
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New Risk Factors for Blood Clots 2 of 13
Women who have suffered a still birth or have medical conditions including varicose veins, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or heart disease are at greater risk of developing dangerous blood clots after giving birth.
Teen Pregnancy Down, But Repeat Teen Pregnancy High 3 of 13
According to a recent analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while teen pregnancy has declined in the last two decades, nearly 67,000 of the 365,000 teen births in 2010 were repeat teen births.
Age Restriction Removed on OTC Morning-After Pill 5 of 13
The Morning-After Pill – not to be confused with the so-called "Abortion Pill" – will now become available to those 17 years old and younger over the counter, as opposed to needing a prescription for it.
Scientists Discover Secret to Stress-Free Pregnancy 6 of 13
Scottish researchers have discovered an enzyme that might help protect babies from the damaging effects of stress hormones in the womb. The discovery of the enzyme by a team at Edinburgh University could lead to new treatments for women subjected to high stress levels during pregnancy.
FDA Approves Old Drug for Morning Sickness 7 of 13
The FDA approved Diclegis (doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride) to treat pregnant women experiencing nausea and vomiting. Diclegis is now the only FDA-approved treatment for nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy.
Estrogen Level in Pregnancy May Affect Breast Cancer Risk in Daughters 8 of 13
Daughters born to women who had excess levels of estrogen during pregnancy may be at increased risk for breast cancer, a new study suggests. High estrogen levels in the womb can disable the powerful breast cancer tumor suppressor gene.
Lost Pregnancies Linked to Long QT Mutations 10 of 13
New research has found that at least some unexplained miscarriages and stillbirths appear to be associated with mutations in genes for long QT syndrome susceptibility. With roughly half of fetal deaths being attributed to chromosomal or congenital abnormalities, maternal or fetal infection, hemorrhage, placental or cord abnormalities, and maternal diseases, this new research offers hope in understanding the 25-40% of losses that go unexplained.
New research has shown that babies born after in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other fertility treatments appear to be at modestly elevated risk of cancer, although causality still isn't clear. (Do I dare attempt to link this to the aforementioned estrogen study?)
Sir Robert Edwards, the researcher behind the birth of the world's first "test tube baby" and a pioneer of in vitro fertilization (IVF), died this week at the age of 87. Without his work, I don't know if my dream of motherhood could have ever been a reality.