It’s been hard to concentrate this past week, as I not-so-patiently wait for my pregnancy blood test (3 more days!). But lucky for me, there has been some pretty awesome pregnancy medical news out this week to keep me preoccupied.
There’s a new pregnancy test hitting the shelves Sept. 1st that tells you how far along you are, more info on breastfeeding, how best to control your weight during pregnancy, and much more. So let’s get to it!
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25 Weeks Is Still the Risk Threshold 2 of 10
According to a new analysis, babies that are born between 22 and 25 weeks gestation have "a substantial likelihood of developing moderate to severe impairment at ages 4 to 8 years." But for each week of gestation beyond 25 weeks, these risks declined significantly. Specifically, each additional week brought a 6.5% decline in risk.
Probiotics During Pregnancy Linked to Reduced Risk of Allergies in Kids 3 of 10
Most Meds OK for Nursing Moms 4 of 10
The American Academy of Pediatrics is saying that "most drugs and vaccines are safe for women to take while breastfeeding." However, they go on to say: "Caution is needed for the small proportion of drugs that are concentrated in human milk, have a long half-life, have known toxicity to mother or child, or expose the infant to relatively high doses or detectable serum concentrations."
Societal Trends Had No Effect on U.S. Fertility 5 of 10
Move More to Control Weight Gain During Pregnancy 6 of 10
A new study has found that pregnant women don't get enough physical activity during the day to prevent excess weight gain. Too much weight gain is linked to pregnancy complications, so experts are recommending pregnant women stay active throughout the day, not just at designated 30-minute intervals.
Outcomes Are Better for Moms + Babies With Midwife Care 7 of 10
Breastfeeding Baby May Delay Breast Cancer 8 of 10
Here's yet another reason to try your darnedest to nurse your newborn: doing so may help protect against breast cancer later in life. Specifically, "nonsmoking women who breastfed for more than 6 months tended to get breast cancer later in life than those who breastfed for a shorter duration or not at all."
New Home Pregnancy Test Tells How Far Along You Are 9 of 10
A new home pregnancy test, offered by Clearblue, is designed to let women know how far along in their pregnancy they are. The "pee" test calculates how long it has been since you ovulated and estimates how many weeks along you are. Along with a positive pregnancy reading, the test will also say 1-2 weeks, 2-3 weeks, or 3+ weeks.
Drinking Before 1st Pregnancy Ups Risk of Breast Cancer 10 of 10
According to a new study, drinking even just one alcoholic drink a day in the years before a woman's first pregnancy can increase her chances of breast cancer later in life. I don't know about you, but I'm screwed. But cheers to breastfeeding possibly counteracting this risk!
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