While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #40Aela Mass
Can you believe it’s already August? I can’t! I’ve got an exciting month coming up we’re going to have my 4th pregnancy attempt at our fertility center later this month! I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed; I’m saying prayers morning, noon, and night; and I’m catching all the baby dust I can! I’m so ready for this!
But. Back to business…
This week’s pregnancy medical news round-up has got some interesting breakthroughs, so let’s get to it!
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Genetic Link to Gestational Diabetes Might Help Women in Future 2 of 6
New research could allow future women to know their risk for developing gestational diabetes before they become pregnant, which would lead to preventive measures to protect the health of mother and baby. The author of the study says that the findings could allow doctors to "one day have genetic risk profiles to identify individuals at elevated risk for developing gestational diabetes."
Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy Slow Development 3 of 6
According to new analysis, "Children exposed to antiepileptic drugs in utero had a significantly higher prevalence of abnormal scores on tests of motor development and traits of autism." Specifically, children whose mother used epilepsy drugs during pregnany were twice as likely at ages 18 to 36 months "to have abnormal scores related to motor and sentence skills. Autistic traits occurred two to three times as often."
Fertility Therapy Not Associated with Long-Term Cardiovascular Disease 4 of 6
World Health Organization Advises Mothers to Breastfeed Exclusively for 6 Months 5 of 6
August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, and to highlight that, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging women to exclusively breastfeed for at least the first 6 months of a newborn's life. Additionally, WHO advises women to breastfeed within the first hour of life, and to continue breastfeeding up until age 2 while also providing complementary foods.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Affects Brain Long After Birth 6 of 6
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