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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #31

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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  • New Pregnancy Test Tells You How Far Along You Are 2 of 16
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    Procter & Gamble will start selling a home pregnancy test this fall that not only tells a woman whether she's pregnant -- but how far along she is in her pregnancy.

    Source: USA Today
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  • Shed Pounds for Successful VBAC 3 of 16
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    New research suggests that overweight and obese women can improve their chance of having a successful vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC) by losing weight between pregnancies.

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Migraine Drugs Dangerous in Pregnancy 4 of 16
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    This week, the FDA has warned pregnant women to not use valproate sodium and related drugs to prevent migraine because of the potential for lower IQ scores in children exposed in the womb.

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Study Raises Concern About Pitocin Safety During Childbirth 5 of 16
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    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."

    Source: HuffPost Parents
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  • Protein Rich Diet May Boost IVF Success 6 of 16
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    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. 

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Hospitals Move to Shut Down Elective Deliveries 7 of 16
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    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."

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Constipation Common Early in Pregnancy 8 of 16
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    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.

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Vaginal Deliveries Might be Safer for Preemies 9 of 16
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    A new study of more than 20,000 newborns has revealed that "very premature babies have fewer breathing problems when they're born through vaginal delivery compared to cesarean section."

    Source: health24
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  • Bipolar Disorder Tied to Flu Exposure in Utero 10 of 16
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    Researchers have said that prenatal exposure to the flu virus has previously been linked to schizophrenia, but that now the same exposure may be a risk factor for bipolar disorder, as well.

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Weight Gain During Pregnancy Increases Risk for Tears During Delivery 11 of 16
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    According to a new study, excessive weight gain during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of lacerations during vaginal childbirth.

    Source: NewsMedical
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  • Lower-Income Pregnant Women Have Increased Risk for Anemia 12 of 16
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    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."

    Source: NewsMedical
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  • History Holds Clues to Postpartum Weight 13 of 16
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    A new analysis shows that women who were smokers before pregnancy, as well as women who were underweight before conceiving, face a greater challenge to shed pregnancy weight. 

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Women with Unplanned Pregnancies More Likely to Suffer from Postpartum Depression 14 of 16
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    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.

    Source: Medical Xpress
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  • Some Oral Contraceptives Reduce Chance of Successful IVF 15 of 16
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    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."

    Source: Digital Journal
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  • Vitamin C Wards Off Lung Problems in Babies Born to Pregnant Smokers 16 of 16
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    Among pregnant women who smoke (TISK! TISK!), those who take Vitamin C during their pregnancies have babies with better lung function than the babies of pregnant smokers who do not take Vitamin C. 

    Source: Science Codex
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