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While You Were Puking: Weekly Update on Pregnancy Medical News #3

Weekly Pregnancy Medical News

WOW, lots of pregnancy medical news this week! Before I began my weekly project of bringing the latest pregnancy medical news to the readers of Babble, I never suspected there would be SO MUCH news each week. But I reckon scientists and researchers are busy at work, looking for the best ways to keep pregnant women and their babies healthy, and searching for answers to common health issues.

After the jump, check out this week’s latest and greatest pregnancy medical news!


  • Vaginal Delivery for Early Preterm Births Are As Successful As C-Sections 1 of 9
    Vaginal Delivery for Early Preterm Births Are As Successful As C-Sections
    According to a recent study, preterm babies born "head first" by vaginal delivery have equally as successful birth rates as those born by C-section. However, breech babies born preterm have a better chance of success when delivered by C-section.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Slower Growth Seen in Infants Born to Overweight Mothers 2 of 9
    Slower Growth Seen in Infants Born to Overweight Mothers
    Babies of overweight or obese mothers gained less weight and grew less in length than babies of normal-weight women -- at least initially. From just after birth to three months, these babies have been found to "not grow normally."
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Boys Exposed In Utero to Insecticide Have Lower IQs 3 of 9
    Boys Exposed In Utero to Insecticide Have Lower IQs
    A new study is the first to find a difference between how boys and girls respond to prenatal exposure to insecticides. The research finds a greater adverse cognitive impact in boys as compared to girls, lowering working memory scores by an average of three points more in boys than girls, when ther's been exposure in the womb to chlorpyrifos -- an insecticide used on corn, apples, oranges, and almonds.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Eating Salmon While Pregnant Negatively Affects Breast Milk 4 of 9
    Eating Salmon While Pregnant Negatively Affects Breast Milk
    Wait, you though eating salmon was good for you, right? Well, a new study found that pregnant women who eat salmon before giving birth might be reducing their levels of disease-fighting antibodies in their breast milk -- and could be putting their babies at greater risk of infection.
    Source: Medical Daily
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • More Minority Women Die in Childbirth 5 of 9
    More Minority Women Die in Childbirth
    Minority women in the U.S. account for 62 percent of pregnancy-related death. The higher percentage is likely due to the more limited access to good-quality health care -- both pre-conception and during their pregnancies-- as well as pre-pregnancy health problems of black, Hispanic, and Asian women.
    Source: Reuters
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Natural Birth a Major Cause of Post-Traumatic Stress 6 of 9
    Natural Birth a Major Cause of Post-Traumatic Stress
    An astounding one-third of all postpartum women exhibit some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder following labor, according to a new study. Of those women who developed post-traumatic symptoms, 80 percent opted for natural childbirth without pain relief. Yikes! I guess PTSD isn't just for soldiers.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Air Pollution Linked to Stillbirth Risk 7 of 9
    Air Pollution Linked to Stillbirth Risk
    A new preliminary study on air pollutants in New Jersey has found that stillbirths are increased when pregnant women live within six miles of the state's 25 pollutant-monitoring stations.
    Source: NBC News
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Brain-Boosting Proteins Triggered By Natural Birth, But Not C-Sections 8 of 9
    Brain-Boosting Proteins Triggered By Natural Birth, But Not C-Sections
    Vaginal birth triggers the release of a protein in the brains of newborns that improves brain development and function in adulthood, but that the release of this protein is impaired in the brains of those babies born by C-section.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • DNA Modified in Umbilical Cord of Mothers Who Smoke 9 of 9
    DNA Modified in Umbilical Cord of Mothers Who Smoke
    Umbilical cord blood from women who smoked during pregnancy has DNA modifications in three genes that are associated with toxins from tobacco smoke, which researchers believe is the underlying connection to smoking during pregnancy and the negative affects associated with it.
    Source: Med Page Today
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo

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