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Most Women Don't Eat Healthily When Eating for Two

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – Despite the well-known wisdom of eating a healthy diet while pregnant, new research shows that most American women don't. This was especially true among black, Hispanic and less-educated women, the study authors said. For pregnant women, a healthy diet reduces the risk of obesity, preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth, the researchers noted. "Unlike many other pregnancy and birth risk factors, diet is something we can improve," said study author Lisa Bodnar of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Public Health. She is an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Pitt's School of Medicine. "While attention should be given to improving nutritional counseling at doctor appointments, overarching societal and policy changes that help women to make healthy dietary choices may be more effective and efficient," ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Delivery, Labor Induction, Premature Labor, Toxemia of pregnancy, HELLP Syndrome, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Should Pregnant Women Always Be Treated for Underactive Thyroid?

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Many women may be affected by an underactive thyroid gland, but new research suggests that treating it in pregnancy comes with benefits and potential harm. "Our findings lead us to believe that overtreatment could be possible," study co-author and Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Juan Brito Campana said in a Mayo news release. Campana and his colleagues advise a more nuanced approach when deciding whether or not to treat a pregnant woman for a mildly underactive thyroid. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that produces hormones vital to metabolism, growth and maturation. But the gland can produce too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) or two little (hypothyroidism), according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. A mildly underactive thyroid gland – "subclinical hypothyroidism" – causes a slight rise in levels of thyroid stimulating hormone ... Read more

Related support groups: Levothyroxine, Synthroid, Hypothyroidism, Underactive Thyroid, Levoxyl, Delivery, Levothroid, Eltroxin, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Labor Induction, Tirosint, Premature Labor, Toxemia of pregnancy, Euthyrox, Oroxine, Gestational Diabetes, Levothyrox, Labor Pain, Apnea of Prematurity, Unithroid

Targeted Drug-Delivery System May Treat Pregnancy Complications

Posted 9 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – A treatment approach that typically targets tumors may also safely deliver medications directly to a pregnant woman's placenta, a new mouse study suggests. This type of treatment might one day help reduce pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, the researchers said. And it could also help prevent premature deliveries without harming fetuses, they added. "Placentas behave like well-controlled tumors," study author Lynda Harris, of the University of Manchester in England, explained in a news release from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in California. "They grow quickly, produce growth hormones and evade the immune system." "A lot of cancer research focuses on finding ways of delivering drugs to kill the tumor without affecting the rest of the body," Harris added. "We had the idea that if we could selectively target the placenta in the same ... Read more

Related support groups: Delivery, Labor Induction, Premature Labor, Toxemia of pregnancy, Labor Pain, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, HELLP Syndrome

Heart Irregularities May Be Linked to Pregnancy Complication

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – Heart abnormalities between pregnancies may help spot which women with a history of pregnancy-related high blood pressure (preeclampsia) might have an increased risk for the condition in future pregnancies, researchers report. Preeclampsia is a serious condition that occurs in 3 percent to 8 percent of pregnancies, according to the Italian authors of a study published Feb. 22 in the journal Hypertension. When preeclampsia occurs, sometimes the baby needs to be delivered early to prevent harm to both mother and child, the researchers said. "Women who have early preeclampsia in their first pregnancy should be informed of their risk and should be carefully followed," said lead author Dr. Herbert Valensise, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Tor Vergata University School of Medicine, in Rome. "Physicians have to look at the complicated pregnancy ... Read more

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Rare Nervous System Disorder Can Put Pregnancy at Risk: Study

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – An uncommon central nervous system disorder may increase pregnant women's risk for miscarriage or a serious pregnancy-related condition known as pre-eclampsia, a new study reveals. The rare autoimmune disorder, called neuromyelitis optica, is often mistaken for multiple sclerosis. It affects the nerves to the eyes and the spinal cord, and sometimes the brain, the researchers explained. In the new study, Dr. Maria Isabel Leite from the University of Oxford in England, and colleagues looked at the medical records of 60 pregnant women with neuromyelitis optica who'd had at least one previous pregnancy. Forty of the women were analyzed for miscarriage and 57 for pre-eclampsia, which is marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy that can threaten the life of the mother and baby. Of the 40 women analyzed for miscarriage, there were 85 ... Read more

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