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While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Update

I can’t believe how much new pregnancy medical news is hitting the press lately! It’s almost as if researchers and doctors waited until summer was over before releasing their findings. In any case, there is LOTS going on.

Practically at the same time, two reports came out about bottle feeding. And to add to the always hot topic with different opinions, one study highlights a positive about bottle feeding, and another highlights a negative.

But there’s more, including news about a blood test for Down syndrome, and just how music in the womb affects your baby. So, let’s get to it!

  • Even Low Smog Levels Tied to Lower Birth Weights 1 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A new study reveals that pregnant women exposed to even low levels of smog are more likely to have a lower-birth-weight baby. Specifically, "All types of air pollution, especially so-called fine particulate matter, was linked to an increased risk of having a low-birth-weight baby, and was associated with a smaller average head circumference at birth."

     

    Source: US News Health
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Depressed Moms Might Pass It on 2 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A British study suggests that "people whose mothers showed depressive symptoms during pregnancy had an increased risk for depression themselves at age 18." Researchers believe this might create a link between postnatal maternal depression and depression in offspring.

     

    Source: Med Page Today
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • IUD Won’t Hurt Future Fertility 3 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Many women have long been concerned that the use of IUDs could affect their future fertility, but a new study shows that the devices do not impair a woman's ability to conceive in the future.

     

    Source: Health Day
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Bottle Feeding Raises Risk of Belly Blockage 4 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Researchers have found that bottle-fed babies are significantly more likely to be at risk for hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, a form of gastric obstruction that causes blockage from the stomach to the intestines.   

     

    Source: Med Page Today
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Formula as Good as Breastmilk for Iodine Levels 5 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Researchers from Boston are reporting the findings of a study they conducted suggest that iodine levels in formula-fed babies and breast-fed babies are comparable and sufficient.  

     

    Source: Med Page Today
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Hyperthyroid Drugs Tied to Birth Defects 6 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    The use of two common hyperthyroidism drugs in early pregnancy have been linked to birth defects, according to new research. Specifically, propylthiouracil (PTU) and methimazole (MMI) are believed to up the risk of face/neck defects by 50% and musculoskeletal problems by 75%, respectively. 

     

    Source: Med Page Today
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Infants Exposed to Smoking in Womb at Risk of Infections, Death 7 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Ladies, smoking during pregnancy is awful. I know it's hard, but find a way to quit! The latest research shows that "Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for hospitalization and death due to both respiratory and nonrespiratory infections."

     

    Source: US News Health
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Kidney Transplant Rejection Drugs Tied to Pregnancy Risks 8 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    The use of specific drugs for kidney transplant recipients that are aimed at reducing the risk of organ rejection may increase the risk of birth defects and miscarriage, so says a new study. 

     

    Source: US News Health
    Photo: iStockphoto

     

     

     

  • Gut Bugs Tied to Preemie Infections 9 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    In a small sample-study, it appears that low-birth-weight infants had "bacterial microbiomes" that were full of "bacteria associated with neonatal infections and necrotizing enterocolitis," which can leave these babies vulnerable to fatal infections. 

     

    Source: Med Page Today
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Down syndrome Pregnancy Blood Test on Trial 10 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    The National Health Service in the UK has a simple blood test that can be taken during pregnancy to detect Down syndrome currently on trail to check for its effectiveness. If successful, the test could reduce invasive testing. 

     

    Source: BBC News
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Music Proves Babies Can Learn in Womb 11 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    New research suggests that the effects of music in the womb show that babies are capable of learning while still in the womb, and that "the effects of learning remain in the brain for a long time."

     

    Source: Health24
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Snoring During Pregnancy Tied to C-Section 12 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    A new study finds that "pregnant women who snore three or more nights a week are more likely to have a Caesarean section and smaller babies... the findings suggest that treating snoring in pregnant women may help reduce health problems among newborns and the associated medical costs."

     

    Source: Health24
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Mother’s Allergy Shots in Pregnancy Might Cut Kids’ Risk 13 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    According to a new preliminary study, women who get allergy shots before or during their pregnancy might reduce the risk of their children developing asthma, food allergies, or eczema.

     

    Source: Health Day
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Weight Loss Surgery Tied to Higher Risk of Preemie Birth 14 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    According to the latest research, women who've had weight loss surgery are more likely to have babies that are premature and low birth weight.

     

    Source: Health Day
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Gestational Diabetes Tied to Perinatal Stroke 15 of 15
    Pregnancy Medical News

    Perinatal stroke is linked to many causes, and now doctors are adding gestational diabetes as yet another risk factor for stroke. 

     

    Source: Med Page Today
    Photo: iStockphoto


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