While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Update

The Latest Pregnancy Medical News

This past week was terrible for me. I got struck with a nasty chest cold and have spent the last few days either coughing uncontrollably or barely being able to breathe. I’m glad it’s almost over, but I can hardly believe it’s already Friday!

The pregnancy medical news just keeps on coming, so here’s this week’s round-up of what you might have missed.

Autism Linked to Certain Pregnancy Problems: A new report out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that a good amount of autism cases are linked to specific pregnancy issues, specifically prematurity, low birth weight, and C-sections. (SOURCE: Autism Speaks)

Cluster of Birth Defects Reported in Washington State: The CDC is investigating a cluster of birth defects in Washington State that is apparently four times the national average. Over a three year period, 27 babies were born with neural tube defects, including anencephaly, spina bifida, and encephalocele. It is currently unknown if this is something more than a statistical blip, but it sure sounds suspicious. (SOURCE: MedPage Today)

IVF Births Set New Record: A new record has been set for the number of babies born from IVF. In 2012, over 61,000 live births were the result of successful IVF. While the number of babies born via IVF rose, there was a drop in the number of embryos transferred each cycle and more elective single-embryo transfers. (SOURCE: MedPage Today)

Drinking Early in Pregnancy Can Harm Placenta: According to new research, drinking moderate to large amounts of alcohol during the early stages of pregnancy can harm the development of the placenta — the organ responsible for sustaining an unborn baby until birth. The same study also found that the more a woman drank during pregnancy, the less her baby received of taurine, an important amino acid delivered to the baby through the placenta. (SOURCE: Health Day)

Pregnancy Diet Can Reduce Offspring’s Allergies: Researchers have discovered that consuming milk, wheat, and peanuts during pregnancy reduced the rates of asthma and allergies in their future children. (SOURCE: Daily Rx)

Many Women Prescribed Narcotic Pain Meds During Pregnancy: More than 14% of women were prescribed an opiate during their pregnancy, according to a new study. Opiates include Vicodine, Oxycontin, and codeine. Researchers say there is very little evidence of the safety of opiates during pregnancy, and are now suggesting more research be done on the connection. (SOURCE: Doctors Lounge)

Doctors and Radiologists Are Urging Women to Stop Using Ultrasound to Determine the Sex of Their Babies: Pregnancy specialists in Canada want to see an end to using ultrasounds for the sole purpose of finding out the sex of babies. They actually go so far as to say it could be considered “unethical” for private, commercial clinics to offer “entertainment” ultrasounds as keepsakes. (SOURCE: Vancouver Sun)

Less Than 1/3 of Women Planning a Pregnancy Take Folic Acid: A new study shows that a large amount of women planning to get pregnant are ignoring expert advice about the importance of taking folic acid in the months leading up to pregnancy — even though they understand that inadequate folic acid levels are linked to specific birth defects. (SOURCE: The Guardian)

Remember, this post is for informational purposes only, and is not intended for diagnosis or medical advice. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.


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