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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #9

Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update

Some very fascinating stuff going on this week with pregnancy medical news! Did you know your son’s DNA can be found in your brain years after giving birth? There’s also a new test that checks the likelihood of miscarriage with incredible accuracy.

And this week’s news doesn’t end there! Find out what other breakthroughs in pregnancy medical news were reported this past week.

 

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  • Son’s DNA Shows Up in Mom’s Brain, Even Years Later 1 of 10
    Son's DNA Shows Up in Mom's Brain, Even Years Later
    Recent findings show that fetal cells migrate to the brains of mothers. Nearly two-thirds of women in the study had traces of the male Y-chromosome in multiple regions of their brains. Scientists specifically tested for male DNA, as detecting female DNA from a daughter in a mother's brain would have been more difficult. Further studies are underway to determine what if anything this could mean medically.
    Source: Live Science
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  • Pregnancy Creates Immune-suppressive Cells that Protect Fetus 2 of 10
    Pregnancy Creates Immune-suppressive Cells that Protect Fetus
    A new study shows that the immune system of a pregnant mother stimulates cells that selectively prevent attack and rejection of fetal tissues. Specifically, a "successful pregnancy requires the ability to tolerate antigens inherited from the father. These antigens evoke an immune response by the mother's immune system, which considers these antigens foreign."
    Source: Science Codex
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  • Smoking Relapse Prevention Healthy Step for Mothers 3 of 10
    Smoking Relapse Prevention Healthy Step for Mothers
    Women who quit smoking because of pregnancy are at a great risk of relapsing after the baby is born, but researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center have developed self-help, take-home intervention packets that help prevent postpartum smoking relapse.
    Source: Science Codex
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  • Vitamin D in Pregnancy Good for Baby’s Brain 4 of 10
    Vitamin D in Pregnancy Good for Baby's Brain
    Researchers have discovered that children of Vitamin-D deficient mothers scored lower IQs than those of mothers with sufficient amounts of the nutrient.
    Read more about it on Babble here.
    Source: health24
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Women Born Preterm at Greater Risk for Pregnancy Complications 5 of 10
    Women Born Preterm at Greater Risk for Pregnancy Complications
    Women born prematurely have a greater chance for developing complications during their own pregnancies. The risk among these women is almost double the risk of women born after 32 weeks.
    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Pregnant Women Near Urban Green Spaces Breathe Easier 6 of 10
    Pregnant Women Near Urban Green Spaces Breathe Easier
    Traffic-related air pollution is linked to a variety of concerns among pregnant women, but living near a green space with trees and grass can increase their respiratory and pregnancy health, reducing exposure to harmful particles and nitric oxides.
    Source: Environmental Health News
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  • Behavioral Intervention Program Helps Limit Baby Weight Gain 7 of 10
    Behavioral Intervention Program Helps Limit Baby Weight Gain
    A "fairly low-intensity" behavioral intervention reduces excess gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention. The intervention included "challenge cards" for healthy eating, exercise, and motivation.
    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Headfirst Vaginal Delivery Safe for Births Before 32 Weeks 8 of 10
    Headfirst Vaginal Delivery Safe for Births Before 32 Weeks
    New research has found that babies can safely be delivered vaginally before 32 weeks as long as the baby is headfirst. The infants have just as much chance of survival as if born via C-section.
    Source: National Institutes of Health via PharmPro
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Diabetes Growing Problem in Pregnancy 9 of 10
    Diabetes Growing Problem in Pregnancy
    Rates of both pre-pregnancy diabetes and gestational diabetes are up among all women, though black women are at the greatest risk for both types of diabetes. The overall increase is linked to the national obesity epidemic and the rising age at which women are having children.
    Source: MedPage Today
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  • Simple Blood Test to ID Women Likely to Miscarry 10 of 10
    Simple Blood Test to ID Women Likely to Miscarry
    A new single-serum progesterone test might be able to identify women who are likely to miscarry or have an ectopic pregnancy.The risk of having a nonviable pregnancy were 99.2% when progesterone levels were found to be below the cutoff level of 10 ng/mL.
    Source: MedPage Today
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