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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #6

Weekly Pregnancy Medical News Update

We’ve long known that smoking is bad for you, but this marks the 6th straight week that a new danger of smoking during pregnancy has been released. Ladies, please quit! I know it’s hard, but if I did it, you CAN too. Yes, I was a smoker. For almost 11 years. Tisk, tisk, I know. But I’ve been officially smoke free for years, and I’d never go back.

Aside from the smoking news, there’s some very fascinating, never-before-released medical studies out this week that deal with pregnancy. And lucky for you, I’ve gathered them all in one tidy spot. (I accept thank yous in the form of chocolate.)

Check ‘em out after the jump!

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  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness During Pregnancy Cause for Alarm 1 of 11
    Excessive Daytime Sleepiness During Pregnancy Cause for Alarm
    Excessive daytime sleepiness is a cause for concern when combined with sleep-disordered breathing -- like snoring and apneic breathing -- because it's believed to be linked to obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, which (now we're getting to the meat of it!) can lead to a decelerated heart rate of the baby, preterm birth, and lower birth weight. Phew, that's a lot to follow.
    Source: News Medical
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Dad’s Age Plays Bigger Role in Autism Risk 2 of 11
    Dad's Age Plays Bigger Role in Autism Risk
    Older fathers pass on more genetic mutations to children, specifically for autism and schizophrenia. Men age 40 and over can have 65 genetic mutations, as compared to a man age 20 who has 25 mutations that can be traced to him.
    Source: Fit Pregnancy
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Traffic Pollution Increases Pre-eclampsia Risk in Pregnancy 3 of 11
    Traffic Pollution Increases Pre-eclampsia Risk in Pregnancy
    An Australian study has found that exposure to traffic pollution during pregnancy can increase the risk of pre-eclampsia by almost a third.
    Source: CBC News
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Timing is Critical for Achieving Pregnancy 4 of 11
    Timing is Critical for Achieving Pregnancy
    You'd think this would be a "duh" factor, right? But a new survey reports that only 13% of women seeking fertility services knew when during their menstrual cycle they were fertile and most likely to conceive, pointing to the importance of properly understanding the timing of your cycle in achieving pregnancy. An astounding 68% of women surveyed believed they had accurately timed intercourse for the purpose of getting pregnant, though they had not.
    Source: Medical Xpress
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Mothers Exposed to Chemicals in Common Household Items Have Babies with Increased Risk of Obesity 5 of 11
    Mothers Exposed to Chemicals in Common Household Items Have Babies with Increased Risk of Obesity
    Babies born to mothers who were exposed to polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) were mostly born smaller but became larger than normal by 20 months. PFCs are found in common household items, like nonstick cookware and furniture.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • New Blood Test for Downs Syndrome Lowers Risk of Miscarriage 6 of 11
    New Blood Test for Downs Syndrome Lowers Risk of Miscarriage
    A new type of test can detect 99% of Downs Syndrome babies without the risk of miscarriage that's associated with current tests for the illness. The new test examines DNA of the unborn baby that is found in the mother's blood.
    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Indian and Sri Lanka Women Two Times More Likely to Have Stillbirth 7 of 11
    Indian and Sri Lanka Women Two Times More Likely to Have Stillbirth
    Research from an Australian hospital indicates that women born in south Asia but living and carrying out their pregnancies in Australia are twice as likely to have a stillbirth between 37 and 42 weeks. The reasons are currently unknown, but research is continuing.
    Source: The Age
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Smoking During Pregnancy Linked to Obesity in Children 8 of 11
    Smoking During Pregnancy Linked to Obesity in Children
    Surprise, surprise. More news on the dangers of smoking during pregnancy! The newest: Adolescents of women who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to be obese and develop a "preference for fatty foods" quite possibly because such desires are "regulated in part by the brain reward system."
    Source: Counsel & Heal
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Rate of Women with Pregnancy-related Cancer on the Rise 9 of 11
    Rate of Women with Pregnancy-related Cancer on the Rise
    I didn't even know there was such a thing as "pregnancy-associated cancers." But according to a new study, the rate of these cancers is on the rise. Maternal age is one possible factor, but doctors cite improved diagnostic testing techniques and other medical advances as contributing factors as well.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Frozen Embryos for IVF Might be More Successful than Fresh Embryos 10 of 11
    Frozen Embryos for IVF Might be More Successful than Fresh Embryos
    With new evidence suggesting that the use of frozen embryos yields healthier pregnancies and babies than does the use of fresh embryos for IVF, doctors are now calling for a debate to decide whether all IVF should be done using frozen embryos. Using frozen embryos apparently lowers the risk of bleeding during pregnancy by 30%, lessens the likelihood of low-birth weight by 30-40%, reduces the chance of premature birth by 20%, and cuts the risk of the baby dying after birth by 20%. Sound like it should be an easy debate.
    Source: Medical Xpress
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Pre-eclampsia Poses Long-term Health Risks 11 of 11
    Pre-eclampsia Poses Long-term Health Risks
    Women with pre-eclampsia have significantly higher rates of chronic hypertension after pregnancy and are more likely to be hospitalized at least once.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo

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