While You Were Puking: Pregnancy Medical News Weekly Update #35Aela Mass
Thanks for stopping by for this week’s While You Were Puking. Every week, I think there can’t possibly be more news to report yet every week, I’m fascinated to learn that more pregnancy medical news stories have broken. I guess there will always be something for scientists, doctors, and researchers to discover!
This week is chock-full of interesting news, so read on!
This Week’s News 1 of 8
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Birth Outcomes Worse for Oldest, Youngest Moms 2 of 8
According to new research, teenage mothers and pregnant women in their 40s are at the greatest risk for birth complications. Specifically, teens have an overall higher risk of preterm delivery, and women in their 40s have the highest risk for c-sections and infants born with defects.
Pregnancy Carried to Childbirth Ups Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis 3 of 8
Smoking in Pregnancy Triples Baby’s Risk of Meningitis 4 of 8
Home Test Shows if Pregnancy Ended 5 of 8
New home tests that would check whether the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is rising or falling in pregnant women were recently developed and are expected to be made available for home use. Rising hCG levels indicate a pregnancy is continuing, while falling hCG levels mark a pregnancy's end.
Obesity in Pregnancy Can ‘Program’ Kids to Develop Metabolic Problems 6 of 8
Antihistamine Use Linked to Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes 7 of 8
According to a new report, "Women with a severe form of morning sickness who take antihistamines to help them sleep through their debilitating nausea are significantly more likely to experience adverse pregnancy outcomes, including low birth weight babies and premature births."
Severe Maternal Complications Less Common During Home Births 8 of 8
To directly quote the source on this one, "the authors stress that the overall risk of severe problems is small and the results are significant only for women who have previously given birth not for first-time mums. The relative safety of planned home births is a topic of continuous debate, but studies have so far been too small to compare severe maternal complications between planned home and planned hospital birth among low risk women. So a team of Dutch researchers decided to test whether low risk women at the onset of labour with planned home birth have a higher rate of rare but severe outcomes than those with planned hospital births."
Be sure to read the study for more! It really is quite interesting.
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