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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #3

While You Were Puking: Weekly Update on Pregnancy Medical News

There continues to be breaking news on the pregnancy medical front. This week brings us news of the first-ever male birth control pill, online support tools for pregnant women suffering from depression, and much, much more!

After the jump, check out this week’s update on important pregnancy medical news.

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  • First-ever Male Birth Control Pill is on the Horizon 1 of 8
    First-ever Male Birth Control Pill is on the Horizon
    Men are now one step closer to having access to a male birth control pill, thanks to a recent lab study of a drug called JQ1 that makes male mice infertile. Within two to three months of stopping treatment, the mice got their sperm count back and fertility was completely restored. More tests still need to be conducted, but this is the closest scientists and doctors have ever come to creating a viable male birth control option.
    Source: NewScientist
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer During Pregnancy is Safe 2 of 8
    Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer During Pregnancy is Safe
    Aside from the risk of premature delivery and lower birth weights, a new study has found that chemotherapy treatment during pregnancy is otherwise largely safe for mother and child. Women participating use online tools to log moods and garner support.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Online Tools Might be Helpful for Depression During Pregnancy 3 of 8
    Online Tools Might be Helpful for Depression During Pregnancy
    Since many women who suffer from depression during pregnancy opt to not take medication for their condition (because of the risk factors), researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are conducting a study to see whether online tools are useful in helping treat the symptoms of depression.
    Source: NewsWorks
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Thyroid Treatment Guidelines for Pregnant Women Have Been Updated 4 of 8
    Thyroid Treatment Guidelines for Pregnant Women Have Been Updated
    The 2007 treatment guidelines for thyroid-related issues during pregnancy have been updated to include revisions aimed at keeping both mother and baby healthy by reducing the risks associated with certain thyroid conditions.
    Source: Health.com
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Drinking During Pregnancy Affects Child’s Physical Growth Size 5 of 8
    Drinking During Pregnancy Affects Child's Physical Growth Size
    The dangers of excessive drinking during pregnancy are well understood and might not exactly qualify as "news" per se, but doctors continue to discover just how drinking during pregnancy does affect children. And most recently, they have found that children whose mothers drank heavily while pregnant had reduced head size, lower weight, and were shorter.
    Source: DoctorsLounge
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Pregnant Smokers Can Get Help to Quit Online 6 of 8
    Pregnant Smokers Can Get Help to Quit Online
    Pregnant smokers who are trying to kick the habit can now turn to a website that focuses on "building a community of support among women through online discussion board."
    Source: Counsel and Heal
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Ramadan Fasting Does Not Lead to Preterm Births 7 of 8
    Ramadan Fasting Does Not Lead to Preterm Births
    A study out of Lebanon has found that pregnant women who fast during the the holy month of Ramadan are no more likely to have a premature birth than women who did not fast. However, the babies of those women who did participate in the fast were smaller.
    Source: Health24
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Walnuts Are Good For Sperm 8 of 8
    Walnuts Are Good For Sperm
    We started this post with a male-related topic, so why not end it with one? According to a new study, men who ate walnuts as a regular part of their diets have "better sperm vitality, motility, and morphology." So if male infertility plagues your boyfriend or hubby, you might consider making him eat walnuts.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons

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