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Most Women Don't Eat Healthily When Eating for Two

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by

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

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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 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

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Past Kidney Damage Linked to Pregnancy Problems

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 – Women with prior kidney damage may have an increased risk for pregnancy complications, a new study suggests. "We believe that this study highlights an important finding that will be useful for medical providers caring for reproductive-age women," said study author Dr. Jessica Sheehan Tangren, a nephrologist from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The researchers reviewed data from almost 25,000 women who gave birth at Massachusetts General Hospital between 1998 and 2007. Just over 100 of the women had previously experienced acute kidney injury. This is a sudden decrease in kidney function. All of the women had recovered normal kidney function before they were pregnant. Women in the kidney damage group had much higher rates of a condition called preeclampsia that causes high blood pressure and other problems during pregnancy – 23 percent compared to 4 ... Read more

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Pregnancy May Boost Stroke Risk in Younger Women: Study

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Pregnancy may raise the risk of stroke in younger women, when compared to their non-pregnant peers, a new study suggests. While the overall risk in younger women is very small, it seems to rise during and after pregnancy, according to the study authors. It's not clear why the risk seems to exist, although the researchers said pre-eclampsia – which is dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy – may play a role. "We should be cautious about reading too much into these results," said study author Dr. Eliza Miller, a vascular neurology fellow with New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Still, "one in five strokes in women under the age of 35 in our study were related to pregnancy, while it was more like one in 100 in the 35-and-older crowd," she said. How do pregnancy and its aftermath seem to affect the risk of ... Read more

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Targeted Drug-Delivery System May Treat Pregnancy Complications

Posted 9 May 2016 by

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

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Heart Irregularities May Be Linked to Pregnancy Complication

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by

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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Daily Bit of Chocolate in Pregnancy May Help Mom, Baby

Posted 4 Feb 2016 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Pregnant women who nibble just a small piece of chocolate each day may improve the circulatory health of their unborn child, a new study suggests. The tiny treat may also reduce the risk for preeclampsia, a potentially deadly condition in which a pregnant woman with normal blood pressure suddenly develops dangerously high blood pressure, the researchers said. The findings held up regardless of whether the chocolate consumed contained high or low amounts of so-called flavanols. Some experts believe these compounds – found in certain plant-based food items – may confer a number of health benefits. But the association seen in the study did not prove that eating chocolate during pregnancy caused better circulatory health in pregnant women and their babies. "Our observations suggest that a regular small consumption of dark chocolate – whether or not the level of ... Read more

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Blood Test May Help Rule Out Pregnancy Complication: Study

Posted 7 Jan 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 – A new blood test might help doctors identify pregnant women who are unlikely to develop a dangerous complication called pre-eclampsia, despite having suspicious signs or symptoms. That's the finding of a study in the Jan. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts said that if the results are confirmed by further research, the test could go a long way in ruling out pre-eclampsia in women with suspected cases. That's important because right now, women with possible pre-eclampsia are usually hospitalized for close monitoring, said Dr. Ellen Seely, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. A reliable test that could spare women that hospital stay would have a "substantial impact," said Seely, who wrote an editorial published with the study. Anywhere from 2 percent to 8 percent of pregnant women develop pre-eclampsia, according to the March of Dimes. ... Read more

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Too Many Pregnant Women Gain Too Much Weight: Doctors' Group

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – Women need to exercise and eat healthy foods during and after pregnancy in order to combat overweight and obesity and related health problems, women's health experts say. More than half of reproductive-age women in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). In pregnant women, obesity increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, cesarean delivery, stillbirth and having a baby with a birth defect, the group said in an ACOG news release. In addition, obese pregnant women are more likely to have health problems. These issues can include heart problems, sleep apnea, gestational diabetes, blood clots in the veins and preeclampsia (marked by high blood pressure), ACOG said. And children born to obese mothers have higher odds of long-term health problems, the physician's group explained. ... Read more

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Rare Nervous System Disorder Can Put Pregnancy at Risk: Study

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by

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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Many U.S. Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant: Study

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – A large number of American mothers-to-be gain more weight than is good for them or their baby, federal health officials reported Thursday. Just 32 percent of pregnant women across the United States gained the recommended amount of weight during their pregnancy, the analysis from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The study looked at 2013 data for women delivering full-term, singleton infants in 41 states, New York City and the District of Columbia, and additional 2012 pregnancy risk data for another five states. While gestational weight gain varied by states, at least 50 percent of pregnant women in 17 states gained above the recommended amount, the report said. "Eating for two shouldn't translate to eating without limits," said the report's co-author, CDC epidemiologist Andrea Sharma. "It should translate to eating twice as healthy." "A ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Tied to Newborn Heart Defects

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Babies born to moms with a pregnancy complication called pre-eclampsia may have a heightened risk of heart defects, a large new study finds. The Canadian researchers stressed that the risk is still very low: More serious heart defects were seen in only about 0.1 percent of newborns whose mothers had pre-eclampsia. And the findings, reported Oct. 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, do not prove that pre-eclampsia actually causes those heart problems. Instead, the results suggest that pre-eclampsia and congenital heart defects share some underlying biological causes, explained Dr. Siobhan Dolan, medical advisor to the nonprofit March of Dimes. "That's why this study is important," said Dolan, who is also a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City. Dr. Nathalie Auger, the lead researcher on ... Read more

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Blood Tests May Predict Pregnancy Risks for Women With Lupus

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – Blood tests may identify women with lupus who are at high risk for complications during pregnancy, according to a new study. Lupus is an immune system disorder known to increase the chances of pregnancy problems such as preeclampsia and miscarriage. This new research found that monitoring for certain "biomarkers" – or indicators – in the blood of lupus patients during early pregnancy can identify those who are likely to have normal pregnancies and those who are at risk for problems, the study's authors said. The researchers analyzed data from 497 pregnant women with lupus and 207 pregnant women without the disease. They were checked every month of pregnancy. The study found that biomarkers called circulating angiogenic factors – which regulate development of the placenta and influence the health of blood vessels in the mother – can be assessed early in ... Read more

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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 there were some combinations of pregnancy complications that were associated with as much as a sevenfold increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease death," Cohn said. For example, the risk of fatal heart disease prior to age 60 doubled or even tripled in women who developed pre-eclampsia, a sudden increase in blood pressure late in pregnancy. But a woman's risk escalated six times if she developed pre-eclampsia on top of high blood pressure she already had earlier in her pregnancy, the ... Read more

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Obesity May Be Linked to Greater Risk of Stillbirth

Posted 28 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Obese pregnant women may have a nearly twofold increased risk of stillbirth, a new study says. The leading reasons for that higher risk appear to be high blood pressure and placental disorders, the researchers suggested. "We've known for some time that obese women are more likely to have stillbirths, but this is one of the first and most comprehensive efforts to figure out why," study author Lisa Bodnar, an associate professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said in a university news release. However, because of the study's design, the authors could only show an association between obesity and stillbirth; they couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The researchers reviewed information from more than 650 stillbirths at Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, ... Read more

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