Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s While You Were Puking! Lots of new pregnancy medical news to catch up on, including info about preemies, the good and bad of teen pregnancy, the latest link to autism, and much more. So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
This Week’s Breaking Pregnancy Medical News 1 of 12
Better Preemie Care Tied to Cognitive Deficits 2 of 12
A new study has discovered that the many new medical advances made over the past 60 years have greatly reduced the infant mortality rate, but that "these advances may have inadvertently contributed to persistently high rates of intellectual disability among children who survived despite low birth weight."
Fetus Emits Hormone Crucial to Preventing Preeclampsia 3 of 12
Researchers from the University of North Carolina have found that a specific hormone plays a critical role in preventing preeclampsia, and that surprisingly this hormone only protects women from preeclampsia when emitted by the fetus, not by the mother.
Women Who Conceive with Reproductive Assistance Experience Higher Psychological Trauma After Miscarriage 5 of 12
Women who conceive through assisted reproduction are more likely to experience a greater traumatic impact following early pregnancy loss compared with women who conceive naturally, according to a new study.
Teen Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer 6 of 12
Having a child before the age of 20 decreases the risk of breast cancer by half, reports BioMed Central in the journal Breast Cancer Research. But hold on, there's more news about teen pregnancy further along that isn't as promising...
Ultrasound Best Detector of Dangerous Ectopic Pregnancies 9 of 12
Researchers have discovered that transvaginal ultrasound is the single best way to evaluate suspected ectopic pregnancy, because taking a patient's history along with a clinical exam is not enough to diagnose the condition in women with abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy.
Rates of infant mortality declined by 12 percent in the U.S. from 2005 to 2011, and there are signs it will continue to drop, reports the Center for Disease Control. SIDS had the sharpest drop, with a decrease of almost 20 percent.
Teen Moms at Greater Risk for Obesity Later 11 of 12
A new study debunks the myth that younger moms are more likely to "bounce back" after having a baby: teenage pregnancy actually makes women more likely to become obese. Specifically, "women who give birth as teens are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese later in life than women who were not teen moms."
RSV Can Be Transmitted to Baby During Pregnancy 12 of 12
The most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), can be transferred during pregnancy to an unborn baby, according to new research from Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital.