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.
This Week’s Round-Up 1 of 15
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Vaginal Delivery Ups Risk of Pelvic Organ Prolapse 2 of 15
Pregnancy is a Window to Future Health 3 of 15
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."
Eating Healthy Fats During Pregnancy May Reduce Baby’s Autism Risk 4 of 15
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."
Vitamin D Levels Crucial for IVF Pregnancy Success 5 of 15
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.
Pre-Pregnancy Diabetes Ups MRSA Risk 6 of 15
Early Pregnancy Now Considered Within Scope of Gynecological Care 7 of 15
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.
Preventative Measures in Mom’s Third Trimester May Avert Anemia in Newborns 8 of 15
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."
Most Pregnant Women Treated for Migraines Able to Deliver Vaginally 9 of 15
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."
American Women Delaying Childbirth Later Than Ever 10 of 15
Women Are Just as Fertile at 39 as They Are at 27 11 of 15
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.
Liver protein crucial for pregnancy 12 of 15
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.
No Need for Bed Rest After IVF 13 of 15
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."
High Stress, Low Support can Lead to Pregnancy Complications 14 of 15
Slight Risk for Retardation in IVF Kids 15 of 15
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."
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