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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #38

Holy busy week on the pregnancy medical news front! I can’t believe how much new info has come to light this week. It’s almost as if everybody waited until July to release their studies!

Lots of info about IVF, the “right age” for optimal fertility, what to eat during pregnancy to reduce the risk of autism in your kid, and tons more.

Read on!

  • This Week’s Round-Up 1 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Click through to see what you might have missed this week!

    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Vaginal Delivery Ups Risk of Pelvic Organ Prolapse 2 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    New research from Yale University shows that women who give birth vaginally are at increased risk of developing pelvic organ prolapse during the year after delivery.

    Source: Health Canal
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Pregnancy is a Window to Future Health 3 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A new study suggests that pregnancy provides crucial insight into the future health of a woman. Specifically, "pregnancy provides a new window of opportunity for early heart disease risk screening and intervention for women... [and that] for most women, the demands of pregnancy on the cardiovascular and metabolic systems are some of the highest the body will endure."

    Source: Science CODEX
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Eating Healthy Fats During Pregnancy May Reduce Baby’s Autism Risk 4 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A new study reveals that the risk of autism may be lessened when pregnant women eat certain types of "healthy fats." As the study notes, "women who consumed high levels of linoleic acid — a type of omega-6 fatty acid found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds — were 34 percent less likely to give birth to a child with autism."

    Source: LIVE SCIENCE
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Vitamin D Levels Crucial for IVF Pregnancy Success 5 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    According to new research, women who are undergoing IVF should up their Vitamin D levels to help their chances of conceiving. The study found that women with sufficient levels of vitamin D are significantly more likely than those with insufficient or deficient levels to achieve clinical pregnancy following IVF.

    Source: National Post
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Pre-Pregnancy Diabetes Ups MRSA Risk 6 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A national study has discovered that women "who have diabetes before becoming pregnant are at increased risk for developing methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection during hospitalization for labor and delivery."

    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Early Pregnancy Now Considered Within Scope of Gynecological Care 7 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Because the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has now deemed early pregnancy to be within the realm of gynecological care, early pregnancy failure, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous or elective abortion, and early prenatal care can be undertaken in gynecology-only medical practices.

    Source: DoctorsLounge
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Preventative Measures in Mom’s Third Trimester May Avert Anemia in Newborns 8 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    This is a multi-layered one, ladies, so follow closely! New research indicates that "administering anti-D antibodies (immunoglobulins) to pregnant women who were Rhesus D (RhD) negative could prevent hemolytic disease in the infant... Hemolytic disease is a type of anemia caused by a higher than normal destruction of red blood cells. This anemia occurs in the fetus or newborn when there is Rh incompatibility between the mother (Rh-negative) and baby (Rh-positive), and the mother produces antibodies against the infant's blood cells."

    Source: Health Canal
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Most Pregnant Women Treated for Migraines Able to Deliver Vaginally 9 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A new study shows that most pregnant women who were hospitalized and treated for acute severe migraines had vaginal births of full-term babies. Additionally, the study found that nearly "76 percent of the patients had full-term vaginal deliveries and about 17 percent had preterm deliveries. The rate of preterm delivery in the general population is about 11 percent."

    Source: US News Health
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • American Women Delaying Childbirth Later Than Ever 10 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    In 2011, American women gave birth to 3.9 million babies (the lowest yearly birth rate since 1998), according to the CDC. While birth rates remained static for women in their early thirties, more women in their mid-thirties to mid-forties gave birth.

    Source: Medical Daily
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Women Are Just as Fertile at 39 as They Are at 27 11 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Music to my ears! A professor and psychologist is saying that there is just a "marginal difference" between getting pregnant at 27 and 39, and that the statistics used in determining age-related fertility are based on data from birth records from the years 1670 and 1830. 

    Source: Daily Mail
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Liver protein crucial for pregnancy 12 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    The University of Montreal is putting out information that points out the importance of a protein that functions in the liver as being critical in pregnancy and the menstrual cycle. Specifically, the protein is suspected of being responsible for the proper formation of placentas. 

    Source: Science CODEX
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • No Need for Bed Rest After IVF 13 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    According to a new study, bed rest immediately after an IVF procedure did not actually help women have a baby, despite it being common practice. In fact, "the researchers found that women who continued to lie down for 10 minutes after embryos were transferred to their uterus were actually less likely to have a baby than women who got up and walked around right away."

    Source: Health24
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • High Stress, Low Support can Lead to Pregnancy Complications 14 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A new study suggests that pregnant women who experience greater stress and have fewer support systems in place are more likely to face poor pregnancy and birth outcomes.

    Source: Health Canal
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Slight Risk for Retardation in IVF Kids 15 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Research out of Sweden shows that children born as a result of IVF have a small but significant increase in risk of mental retardation, although not for autism. Specifically, "children conceived through any type of IVF procedure [had] a risk for mental retardation... at a rate of 46.3 per 100,000 person-years, compared with 39.8 per 100,000 for children born after spontaneous conception."

    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo: iStockphoto

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