All I can say about this week’s While You Were Puking is WOWZERS! There is a lot of news this week.
From the simple test that could save your baby’s life, to what pregnant moms do that lower their sons’ sperm count, to the way your conception month affects your baby and so much more! This week was jam-packed with breaking pregnancy medical news.
Read on to see what you might have missed!
This Week’s Round-Up 1 of 16
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Antibodies in Mom Linked to Autism in Kids 2 of 16
According to new research, one in four cases of autism can be linked to maternal antibodies "that target key proteins in the fetal brain." Specifically, scientists "identified seven antigens specific to autism and then showed that the antibodies to these antigens were present in the blood of 23% of mothers who had children with the disorder and less than 1% of mothers with normally developing children."
Babies Conceived in Spring at Greater Risk for Premature Birth 3 of 16
Conceiving your child in May raises the risk of your baby being born prematurely, according to a new study. But conceiving in the summertime ups the likelihood of a "heftier baby." It's a truly fascinating report. Be sure to read the whole thing at the source link below.
Chemicals Tied to Reduced Fertility in IVF 4 of 16
Chemicals found in plastics, fragrances, and cosmetics might affect the chances of a successful IVF pregnancy, according to new research. One of the researchers says, "Our data support the hypothesis that exposure to specific [chemicals] might lead to adverse female reproductive outcomes."
Possible Link Between Preeclampsia and Cerebral Palsy 5 of 16
A new study has found that the risk for cerebral palsy in offspring was greater if women suffered from preeclampsia and delivered their babies prematurely at a low birth weight. In general, children whose mothers had preeclampsia had a higher risk of cerebral palsy.
Obesity May Reduce Success of Pregnancy via Egg Donation 6 of 16
The findings of a new study suggest that "obese women who receive donated eggs for in vitro fertilization (IVF) are less likely than women of normal weight to have a successful pregnancy," leading researchers to conclude that the chance of having a baby by egg donation is reduced by around one-third for obese women.
IVF Babies Not at Higher Cancer Risk 7 of 16
New research has discovered that children born through the help of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) were not at a higher risk of developing cancer when compared to children not born using ART, though they may be more vulnerable to certain types of rare cancers.
FDA Bans BPA in Infant Formula Packaging 8 of 16
Pregnant Smokers are More Likely to Have Sons with Low Sperm Count 9 of 16
New And Cheaper IVF Technique Could Bring More Babies Into Reach For Couples In Need 10 of 16
I can tell you firsthand how expensive IVF is. A single attempt is upwards of $17,000. But researchers have developed what they are calling a "simplified laboratory system" that could cut the cost of IVF by nearly 15%, possibly making it within financial reach for more couples.
More Babies Get Flattened Heads than Thought 11 of 16
A study in Canada has revealed that almost 50% of newborns between 7 and 12 weeks old showed signs of developing plagiocephaly, commonly known as "flat head." These findings are significantly higher than have been previosuly reported. According to the doctors, "The higher rate of flattened head syndrome found in the present study indicates that parental education about how to prevent the development of positional plagiocephaly is warranted and that the condition can cause facial disfigurement with adverse psychosocial implications, especially when children enter school."
Multiple Babies with IVF May Up Breast Cancer Risk 12 of 16
A new study shows that "breast cancer risk is modestly higher for women with twins, triplets, or more via in vitro fertilization (IVF)." But researchers are hesitant to directly blame fertility treatments. Specifically, the study found that mothers of multiples were "at 44% higher breast cancer risk than women who had singleton pregnancies with IVF."
Blood Test Could Indicate Risk of Postpartum Depression 13 of 16
Doctors in Britain are saying they have uncovered the first-ever evidence that some women are genetically predisposed to postpartum depression. By testing the woman's blood, the "research team found that women with one genetic variation were 2.8 times more likely to have [postpartum depression] while women with the other variation were five times more likely to develop the condition."
Immune Cells Essential to Establishing Pregnancy 14 of 16
New research has unveiled that certain immune cells known as macrophages are vital to establishing a healthy hormone environment in the uterus. Specifically, macrophages play a critical role in the production of progesterone, which is essential for embryo implantation and the beginnings of pregnancy.
Group B Strep: Get Tested To Save Your Baby’s Life 15 of 16
According to the Center for Disease Control, Group B Strep is the number one killer of newborns — and it's found in 15 to 40% of all healthy adult women, of whom most do not experience any symptoms or even know they have it. The CDC advises all pregnant women to get tested between their 35 and 37 week, as there are measures that can be taken during labor that greatly reduce the risk of delivering a baby with group B strep disease.
65% Of Pregnant Women In US Seek Medical Care From Multiple Providers 16 of 16
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