WOW! What a week! There is so much happening on the pregnancy medical news front that I’m completely in awe over: new pregnancy tests that tell you how far along you are, the safety of pitocin during labor, the link between the flu and bipolar disorder in offspring and SO much more.
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Study Raises Concern About Pitocin Safety During Childbirth 5 of 16
According to a new study, "the use of Pitocin to induce or augment labor was linked to unexpected admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and to lower Apgar scores -- a test to check newborns' physical condition in the minutes following birth."
A new study has shown that women whose diets consist of at least 25 percent protein may have more successful outcomes when undergoing assisted reproduction. The results were even better when a high protein intake was combined with carbohydrate restriction of less than 40 percent of daily diet: pregnancy rate climbed to 80 percent.
Hospitals Move to Shut Down Elective Deliveries 7 of 16
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, almost "two-thirds of all U.S. hospitals have instituted policies to eliminate non-medically indicated deliveries prior to 39 weeks' gestation and those policies may be having a positive impact on fetal outcomes."
New research has found that three out of every four pregnant women develop functional bowel disorders in their first trimester, with constipation and bloating most likely to negatively impact their everyday lives.
Lower-Income Pregnant Women Have Increased Risk for Anemia 12 of 16
Researchers have recently discovered that "lower income, urban women may be at increased risk for anemia during pregnancy if they live more than .25 miles, considered a 'walking distance,' from a healthy food source."
Women with Unplanned Pregnancies More Likely to Suffer from Postpartum Depression 14 of 16
A new study from the University of North Carolina suggests that women with unplanned pregnancies are four times more likely to experience postpartum depression than women who planned their pregnancies.
Some Oral Contraceptives Reduce Chance of Successful IVF 15 of 16
The Center for Human Reproduction reports that some oral contraceptives might reduce the chances of achieving a successful pregnancy through IVF. The director of the study says, "Many fertility centers routinely use oral contraceptives in preparatory stages of IVF cycles [and that the] results show that this routine use of oral contraceptives before IVF may have a negative impact on oocyte numbers, and may require rethinking on the part of treating physicians."
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