While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #7

Weekly Pregnancy Medical News Update

Lots of exciting prego news this week! Did your grandma’s fatty diet give you breast cancer? Ever consider taking laughing gas during labor? Oh, the things we’ve learned this week..

Check them all out after the jump. And stay healthy, ladies!

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  • Eating Fatty Foods During Pregnancy Linked to Breast Cancer in Offspring 1 of 12
    Eating Fatty Foods During Pregnancy Linked to Breast Cancer in Offspring
    New research out of Georgetown University has linked fatty diets of pregnant women to an increased risk of breast cancer for generations to come, stating that their eating habits affect "the fetal germ cells, which raise the mammary-cancer risk in coming generations."
    Source: Medical News Today
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  • Urban Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Might Be Linked to Lower Vitamin D Levels in Children 2 of 12
    Urban Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Might Be Linked to Lower Vitamin D Levels in Children
    Exposure to urban air pollution in late pregnancy appears to be linked to lower Vitamin D levels in children, which could increase their chance of developing other diseases later in life.
    Source: News Medical
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • ‘Laughing Gas’ in Early Labor Deemed Safe & Effective 3 of 12
    'Laughing Gas' in Early Labor Deemed Safe & Effective
    Twenty-six separate studies have shown that giving a pregnant woman "inhaled pain relief" (aka laughing gas) during the first part of labor can reduce pain intensity. It works within a minute of inhalation and is cited as being less invasive than other options.
    Source: Medical News Today
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  • New Pregnancy Scanner Makes Ultrasounds More Accessible Around World 4 of 12
    New Pregnancy Scanner Makes Ultrasounds More Accessible Around World
    A new pregnancy scanner designed and developed by dads, who also happen to be engineers, is about the size of a computer mouse and can plug into just about any laptop or computer. This new tool reveals critical information about the unborn baby, and it's expected to save the lives of both mothers and babies, especially in underdeveloped parts of the world.
    Source: The Journal
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Low Glycemic Index Diet Helps Avoid Excess Weight Gain During Pregnancy 5 of 12
    Low Glycemic Index Diet Helps Avoid Excess Weight Gain During Pregnancy
    A new study has found that women who switch to a low glycemic index diet during pregnancy are 20 percent less likely to experience "excessive weight gain."
    Source: Medical Daily
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Gestational Diabetes & Poverty Linked to ADHD 6 of 12
    Gestational Diabetes & Poverty Linked to ADHD
    A study out of Germany reports that pregnant women with gestational diabetes were twice as likely to have children with ADHD. The study also found that a lower socioeconomic status more than doubled the risk of children developing ADHD.
    Source: HealthDay News
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Breakthrough in Understanding Cleft-palate Birth Defect 7 of 12
    Breakthrough in Understanding Cleft-palate Birth Defect
    A professor and her student at Bringham Young University discovered a lead in understanding certain birth defects, such as cleft palates and missing teeth. The team's study shows that blocking a specific ion channel disallows protein to "notify" the nucleus to develop cells as they should.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Pregnancy Safe for Most Women with Heart Disease 8 of 12
    Pregnancy Safe for Most Women with Heart Disease
    While women with heart disease are at a greater risk for health and pregnancy complications, if they get adequate monitoring and proper care during their pregnancies, they can safely carry babies.
    Source: MedPage Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Older Age of Mother Not Harmful for Adult Children 9 of 12
    Older Age of Mother Not Harmful for Adult Children
    It has previously been thought that women who become pregnant at an older age had children that are less healthy as adults. But a new study says that's hogwash. In fact, the child's health as an adult is more affected by the mother's education and the number of years she remained living after giving birth.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Safety of High Blood Pressure Drugs Unclear 10 of 12
    Safety of High Blood Pressure Drugs Unclear
    The use of high blood pressure medications among pregnant women is up, but the effects of these drugs are still mostly unknown though a handful of them are linked to poor growth, kidney problems, and even death of the newborn, so it's highly recommended that women taking meds for high blood pressure notify their doctor if they become pregnant.
    Source: MedicalXpress
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  • Progestogens May Reduce Early Childbirth 11 of 12
    Progestogens May Reduce Early Childbirth
    Women who have previously have a preterm birth could benefit from progestogens in later pregnancies. The hormone is given either via an injection or is taken vaginally to decrease the risk of preterm birth.
    Source: MedicalXpress
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Natural & Safe Pregnancy-specific Skincare Line Launched 12 of 12
    Natural & Safe Pregnancy-specific Skincare Line Launched
    OK, so this isn't exactly medically related, but I was SO excited to come across this that I just had to share! I'm ever-leery about chemical exposure during pregnancy (and, well, anytime really). But some moms have developed a new skincare line that's safe to use during pregnancy and while nursing. How great is that?
    Source and Photo Credit: PRWeb

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