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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #33

Sometimes I wonder if a week will ever go by that doesn’t bring with it any pregnancy medical news. I’ve been writing While You Were Puking for the past 12-13 months, and every week there are numerous fascinating stories to report this week especially, so let’s get right to it!

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    Pregnancy Medical News

    Click through for this week's round-up!

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  • New Test Identifies Gestational Diabetes Risk Early in Pregnancy 2 of 12
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A new study of the blood tested from women in the first trimester shows that those with higher levels of a biomarker known as s(P)RR are nearly three times more likely to develop gestational diabetes. One of the study's author is quoted as saying, "The method identified in this study offers every pregnant woman the opportunity to know her risk early on."

    Source: Medical Xpress
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  • Thyroid Disorders Up Risk of Pregnancy Complications 3 of 12
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    According to a recently published study, "pregnant women who have thyroid disorders face greater risk of preterm birth and other complications that have short- and long-term consequences for the health of mother and child."

    Source: Science CODEX
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  • Time Between Pregnancies Crucial for Obese Women to Lose Weight 4 of 12
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    A new study has discovered that obese women who lost weight between pregnancies were more likely to go on to have "normal sized babies" (which they define as " infants who were neither too large nor too small for their gestational age"). The study goes on to say that "Obese moms face special health risks during pregnancy, such as pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes, and have a higher chance of having babies who are large for their gestational age... Large babies are more likely to have low blood sugar and jaundice soon after birth, and are at greater risk of developing childhood obesity and metabolic syndrome, which is a series of medical problems that contribute to the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

    Source: Health Canal
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  • New Mothers Who Suffer from Domestic Abuse are More Likely to Become Depressed 5 of 12
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    Researchers have found a link between domestic violence and "perinatal mental disorders" in new mothers. To me, this is a kind of "duh" study, but I was surprised at the details of the study. Be sure to check it out at the source link below. 

    Source: Medical Daily
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  • Scientists May Have Found Cause of Preeclampsia 6 of 12
    Pregnancy Medical News

    With the help of hydrogen sulfide (the rotten-egg smelling gas), scientists may have found the cause of preeclampsia. Specifically, "Tests suggest giving hydrogen sulfide to pregnant women at risk of preeclampsia could prevent them developing the condition and protect the growth of their babies... The chemical compound is produced naturally in the body, but levels appear to be lower in some women."

    Source: Mail Online
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  • Preterm Delivery Affect’s Ability to Solve Complex Cognitive Problems 7 of 12
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    A new study from the UK has revealed some very interesting findings. Researchers tested over 1,300 children who were born between weeks 23 and 41. This is what they found: "The higher the workload and the shorter the pregnancy duration, the larger were the cognitive performance deficits. Deficits were disproportionately higher for children born before the 34th week of pregnancy compared with children born after week 33. Being born preterm specifically affected the ability to solve high workload tasks."

    Source: Medical Xpress
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  • Pre-pregnancy Mental Health Important 8 of 12
    Pregnancy Medical News

    New research suggests that a woman's mental health before pregnancy plays a crucial role in the health of her pregnancy and eventual baby. Additionally, "Babies of women who experience a stressful event before conception are at higher risks of dying before their first birthday." Yikes. Keep those smiles going, ladies!

    Source: Parent Herald
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  • Maternal Genital Herpes May Lead to Brain Tumors in Babies 9 of 12
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    A recent study shows that pregnant women with genital herpes have babies with a greater risk of developing brain tumors and brain damage. 

    Source: WatchList News
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  • Health in Adults Determined Before Birth 10 of 12
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A new report reveals that the chances of adults "developing obesity, asthma, allergies, cardiovascular disease and many more conditions may well be determined in the womb." 

    Source: Health Canal
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  • Pregnancy Risks with Sleep-Disordered Breathing 11 of 12
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Women who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing (SPB) during pregnancy had higher rates of gestational diabetes and hypertension/preeclampsia both occurring twice as often among these women. 

    Source: MedPage Today
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  • FDA Limits Magnesium to Prevent Preterm Labor 12 of 12
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Just this week, the FDA advised that pregnant women should not be given magnesium sulfate to prevent preterm labor for more than 5 to 7 days because it may harm developing fetal bones.

    Source: MedPage Today
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