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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #32

Welcome to yet another week of absolutely fascinating breakthroughs. Never a dull moment on the pregnancy medical news front! Read on to hear about a new test that detects your risk of developing PPD, another test that can tell you the sex of your baby — and possible complications — at 10 weeks, why living near trees means you’ll have a smarter kid, and so much more!

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    Click through to see what you missed this week on the pregnancy medical news front!

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  • Say Hello to a New Tape-Measure Technique 2 of 11
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    The age-old technique of measuring a pregnant woman's stomach to determine potential health issues is about to get updated, so as to provide better information about the growing fetus. Specifically, researchers have developed a "statistical chart that generates more detail from the traditional method of monitoring baby growth by measuring the mother's belly."

    Source: Health Canal
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  • New Guidelines for Flying While Pregnant 3 of 11
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    According to a study released this week, flying during pregnancy poses no significant risk, even if it's late in the pregnancy. The authors of the study noted that the biggest concerns about flying during pregnancy are the over all discomfort women experience from sitting for prolonged periods and motion sickness that heightens morning sickness. 

    Source: Health Canal
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  • Iodine Deficiency During Pregnancy Linked to Poor Mental Development in Child 4 of 11
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    A new study suggests that "iodine deficiency in pregnancy may have an adverse effect on children's mental development. The research raises concerns that the iodine status of pregnant women is a public health issue that needs to be addressed." By ages 8 and 9, children of women in the iodine-deficient group of the study were significantly more likely to have lower verbal IQs, reading accuracy, and reading comprehension. Iodine-rich foods include dairy products and seafood -- and seaweed salad, as pictured. 

    Source: Medical Xpress
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  • Risk of PPD Can Now Be Detected via Blood Test 5 of 11
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    A new blood test that detects two DNA genes has proven to be 85 percent effective in accurately determining a woman's risk of developing postpartum depression. The test is expected to become readily available within two years.

    Source: Daily Mail
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  • Smoking in Pregnancy Linked to Obesity in Daughter 6 of 11
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    According to new research, "daughters who were moderately and heavily exposed to smoke in utero were 36 percent and 58 percent more likely to be obese as adults." Ladies, STOP SMOKING.

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • 3 out of 4 Pregnant Women Have Bowel Problems 7 of 11
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    A new study shows that 72 percent of women in the first trimester and 61 percent of women in the second trimester experience constipation, diarrhea, or other bowel disorders.  

    Source: Counsel and Heal
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  • New IVF Technique Triples the Chance of Healthy Pregnancy 8 of 11
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    A new time-lapse photography technique used in IVF allows doctors to monitor the growth of embryos before transferring them into a woman's uterus. The new technique detects which embryos have a "lower or higher chance of having an abnormal amount of chromosomes or aneuploidy," shining light on which embryos would be likely or less likely to result in a healthy pregnancy. 

    Source: iTechPost
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  • Pregnant Women Who Live in Greener Areas Have Bigger Babies 9 of 11
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    A new study has found that pregnant women who live near more plants and trees have bigger, stronger, and smarter babies than women who live away from such environment. The findings are fascinating, so I'll share more than usual: "Researchers evaluated 2,393 pregnant women [and] found that babies born to moms living in areas with more plant cover were 1.5 ounces heavier and had head circumferences 0.05 to 0.07 inches larger than babies whose mothers lived in less vegetated areas. Within a certain range, bigger babies are thought to be healthier than smaller babies.  And head circumference is associated with brain size, which may affect IQ. So bigger babies with larger heads could mean babies that are both healthier and smarter than their peers.  According to the study, the effect was strongest in babies born to moms with lower education." Amazing, right?

    Source: Mother Nature Network
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  • Pregnancy Hypertension Might Signal Future Heart Issues 10 of 11
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    A new study shows that hypertensive disorders in pregnancy may signal future arrhythmia and heart failure risk in middle age. Specifically, heart failure rates were 88 percent higher in women with a history of a hypertensive pregnancy. 

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • New Maternity Test Reveals More about Baby Earlier on in Pregnancy 11 of 11
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    A new maternity test reveals more about unborn babies than ever before, including certain chromosomal abnormalities and the baby's sex -- as early as 10 weeks! 

    Source: CBS
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