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Should Pregnant Women Always Be Treated for Underactive Thyroid?

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by

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 ...

Study Casts Doubt on Long-Used Morning Sickness Drug

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – A drug commonly prescribed to ease the nausea of morning sickness may not be as effective as once believed, a new analysis suggests. Diclectin (pyridoxine-doxylamine) has been prescribed for millions of pregnant women for years. But an unpublished study from the 1970s used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada to approve the drug may have overstated ...

Health Tip: Before Baby Arrives

Posted 26 Dec 2016 by

-- There's so much to do before baby arrives. So if you find a little extra time before the big day, take care of a few necessary to-dos. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Create a list of people to whom you'll send birth announcements. Prepare several days' worth of meals and freeze them for after baby is born. Interview candidates for any needed help, such as housekeeping and child ...

Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – While morning sickness may make you miserable in the early months of your pregnancy, it can signal that your baby is healthy and normal, new research shows. In the study, those who endured the nausea and vomiting of morning sickness were 50 percent to 75 percent less likely to experience a pregnancy loss. The review focused on women who'd already lost one or two ...

Pregnancy Problems More Likely With Baby Boys, Study Suggests

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Serious pregnancy complications are more likely when women are carrying baby boys, new research suggests. After analyzing more than half a million births in Australia, researchers said the baby's gender could be linked to the health of both mother and child. "The sex of the baby has a direct association with pregnancy complications," said study first author Dr. Petra ...

If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study

Posted 13 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 – Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests. "The magnitude of the increased risk surprised us – it really is a potent factor," said senior study author Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski. She is associate director of precision health with the University of ...

Blood Pressure Problems During Pregnancy, Heart Trouble Later?

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – Pregnant women who have blood pressure in the high-normal range may have an increased risk for metabolic syndrome after they give birth, a new study indicates. Metabolic syndrome – which increases the risk of heart disease – is defined as having three or more of the following conditions: abdominal obesity; high triglyceride levels; low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol; ...

Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

Posted 23 May 2016 by

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – The whooping cough vaccine is safe for pregnant women, a new study indicates. The researchers also found the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, is critical for the health of newborns that are particularly vulnerable to the illness. "Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that the Tdap vaccine is safe for ...

Health Tip: Watch Medication Use During Pregnancy

Posted 19 May 2016 by

-- Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should be careful about taking medications. Ask your doctor about taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or supplements during pregnancy. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Check with your doctor before you take any drug, in particular for cough, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or congestion. Be ...

'Love Hormone' Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – Higher levels of the mother-child bonding hormone oxytocin during pregnancy may be associated with increased risk of postpartum depression in some women, researchers say. The findings suggest it may eventually be possible to develop a test to predict postpartum depression and provide preventive treatment during pregnancy. The study results are "not ready to become a ...

Study: Small Bump in Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Might Harm Baby

Posted 1 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Even slightly elevated blood pressure in late pregnancy may increase the risk of having an underweight or stillborn infant, new research suggests. Women with prehypertension – sometimes called borderline high blood pressure – at 36 weeks of pregnancy had about 70 percent greater odds for low birth weight or stillbirth compared to women with normal blood pressure, the new ...

Pregnancy Complications May Be Linked to Later Heart Disease

Posted 21 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – A complicated pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of dying from heart disease later in life, new research suggests. The risk is particularly high for women who've had more than one health problem during pregnancy, said senior study author Barbara Cohn, director of child health and development studies at the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, Calif. "We discovered ...

Severe Morning Sickness Passed From Moms to Daughters

Posted 29 Apr 2010 by

THURSDAY, April 29 – The daughters of women who suffered from a severe form of morning sickness are three times more likely to be plagued by it themselves, Norwegian researchers report. This form of morning sickness, called hyperemesis gravidarum, involves nausea and vomiting beginning before the 22nd week of gestation. In severe cases, it can lead to weight loss. The condition occurs in up to 2 ...

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