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Routine Tests Urged for Pregnancy Complication Preeclampsia

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Doctors should screen all pregnant women for preeclampsia, a serious complication tied to high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Expectant mothers should have their blood pressure checked throughout their pregnancy – even if they have no signs or symptoms of preeclampsia, according to the task force's final recommendation released Tuesday. The USPSTF, an independent panel of experts, makes evidence-based recommendations about preventive medical services. Preeclampsia typically develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It's a leading cause of premature delivery and low birth weight in the United States, the task force explained. "Preeclampsia can progress quickly and lead to severe complications for both the mother and infant," said task force member Dr. Maureen Phipps. "It is critical that women be screened for preeclampsia ... Read more

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Health Tip: Pregnant Women Need Omega-3 Fats

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fatty fish, are an essential part of a healthy diet during pregnancy. Opt for these safer sources, recommends the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Choose fish that are low in mercury, such as salmon, catfish, cod and sardines. Avoid fish that are high in mercury, such as swordfish and shark. Eat foods fortified with DHA, or if your doctor approves, take a DHA supplement. Eat eggs from hens fed DHA-rich microalgae. Read more

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Home Birth Safe for Some, But Not All, Women

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Some women really want to give birth at home, but for certain moms-to-be that choice can be risky, a new study suggests. There are women who have issues that can increase risks in pregnancy but are still likely to have good outcomes delivering at home or in a birth center. Those issues include being over 35, being overweight or having already had a vaginal birth after a cesarean delivery, the researchers said. Not so for women with other risk factors, such as breech presentation (when the baby is coming out feet first), as well as women attempting their first vaginal birth after cesarean, who may fare worse trying to deliver outside a hospital. In fact, the study found the risk of fetal death was eight to 10 times higher for a home delivery with these risk factors. "Families who are considering a home or birth center birth now have data to use in making ... Read more

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Moms-to-Be Are Heeding Store Warnings About Alcohol

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Signs in stores warning about the harms of drinking during pregnancy appear to work: New research shows boozing by mothers-to-be has declined 11 percent in states that require such postings. Those states have also seen a drop in extremely premature births (less than 32 weeks' gestation) and very-low-birth-weight babies (less than 3.5 pounds), the study found. The largest impact of the signs has been among women aged 30 and older, according to the study. "The signage is working," said study author Gulcan Cil, a health economist at the University of Oregon. "Drinking alcohol while pregnant has been an issue that many policies have tried to address over the last few decades. An 11 percent change in the prevalence of drinking is not trivial. It is big enough to show up in the birth outcomes," Cil said in a university news release. The study can't show a direct ... Read more

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Pot Smoking Common Among Pregnant Teens: Survey

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Adding to concerns about the harms of teenage pregnancy are new U.S. survey results that show 14 percent of teenage mothers-to-be smoke marijuana. This large national survey found that more than twice as many pregnant 12- to 17-year-olds use marijuana as their nonpregnant peers. And significantly more use the drug than pregnant women in their 20s, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Evidence regarding pot's effects on the developing fetus is limited, but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women stop using the drug. "Some of the studies that do exist suggest that there are risks to the pregnancy from pot use," said Dr. Judy Chang, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Those risks include "scrawnier ... Read more

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Epilepsy: Another Potential Zika Threat to Babies

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 48 babies from Brazil with probable congenital Zika infection, "50 percent reportedly had clinical seizures," said Dr. Daniel Pastula, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp and Rosemarie Kobau. All three have studied Zika at the CDC, and co-wrote an essay on the Zika-epilepsy connection, published online April 17 in JAMA Neurology. The Zika virus is transmitted via mosquito bites, and its most devastating effects occur when pregnant women are infected. In those cases, Zika can trigger severe neurological birth defects such as microcephaly, where infants are born with underdeveloped skulls and brains. Thousands of such cases have occurred in South America, most notably in ... Read more

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Trump Blocks Some Funding to Abortion Providers

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 – President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that allows states to withhold family planning funds to clinics that provide abortion, including Planned Parenthood. The order overturns a regulation put into effect by President Barack Obama that said states couldn't stop money meant for family planning services, the Associated Press reported. Democrats and abortion rights advocates consider the new law a blow to women. The Trump administration is "enacting policies that take us backward," said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. But anti-abortion activists and Republicans welcomed the law, saying states can redirect dollars to organizations that won't provide abortions. The new law "simply ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars," Marjorie Dannenfelser, president ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Success Hinges on Support for Mom, Baby

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Information and support can help new mothers overcome breast-feeding difficulties, a lactation expert says. A pregnant woman should tell her partner and family about her breast-feeding goals and why they're important to her, said Dr. Nicole Hackman. She's a pediatrician and medical director for lactation services at Penn State Children's Hospital, in Hershey. New mothers "will need to rely on that support during the challenging days," she said in a hospital news release. It's important for the mother and baby to have skin-to-skin contact for the first hour after birth, she said. "Not only does that regulate the baby's heart rate, temperature and glucose level, but it can help the baby latch on and have the first breast-feeding session," Hackman said. She said it's also a good idea to limit visitors during a baby's first week of life. That gives mother and baby ... Read more

Related support groups: Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Lactation Suppression, Lactation Augmentation, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Vaccinating Pregnant Moms Protects Babies From Whooping Cough

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Babies are far less likely to develop whooping cough if their mother was vaccinated while pregnant, a new study reveals. The study included nearly 149,000 infants born in California between 2006 and 2015. The percentage whose mothers received the Tdap booster vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis ("whooping cough") while pregnant rose from less than 1 percent in 2006-2008 to more than 87 percent by 2015. In early 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the Tdap shot for pregnant women regardless of prior Tdap vaccination. The vaccine can be given at any time during pregnancy, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks' gestation. Babies whose moms got the Tdap shot during pregnancy had a 91 percent lower risk of whooping cough during the first two months of life. That's the ... Read more

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Obesity in Early Pregnancy May Raise Child's Risk of Epilepsy

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Kids are more likely to develop childhood epilepsy – a seizure disorder – if their mothers were overweight or obese early in pregnancy, a new study suggests. The risk of epilepsy in children goes up as a mother's weight goes up – reaching as high as 82 percent among kids of severely obese women, the researchers said. "This means more severe grades of obesity correspond to increasingly higher risk," said study co-author Dr. Eduardo Villamor. He's a professor of epidemiology with the University of Michigan School of Public Health. However, Dr. Steven Wolf, director of the pediatric epilepsy program at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, pointed out that the overall risk of childhood epilepsy still remains relatively low, even if a woman is overweight or obese. It's also important to note that this study wasn't designed to conclusively show a direct ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Seizures, Epilepsy, Seizure Prevention, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Seizure Prophylaxis, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Breast-Feeding May Not Lead to Smarter Preschoolers

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Breast-feeding may not make kids sharper or better behaved than their non-nursed peers over the long-term, a new study suggests. Breast-feeding is known to have many positive effects for babies and moms. But the notion that it makes kids smarter or better able to regulate their behavior is unproven. "The belief that babies who are breast-fed have advantages in their cognitive development, in particular, has been a topic of debate for over a century now," said Lisa-Christine Girard, the lead researcher on the new study. Her team found that 3- and 5-year-olds who'd been breast-fed did, in fact, score higher on tests of vocabulary and problem-solving. The children also typically had fewer behavioral issues, based on parents' ratings. But most of those connections seemed to be explained by other factors – such as the mothers' education and the family's social ... Read more

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Health Tip: Choosing a Baby Carrier

Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A baby carrier is a convenient way to keep your child close and comfortable. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for selecting one: Check the carrier's weight limits to make sure your baby isn't too small or large. Look for a carrier with head and neck support, especially for a young infant. Skip carriers that form baby into a C-shape or allows baby's head to drop forward so the chin could touch the chest. Make sure the carrier doesn't touch baby's face. Check that the carrier is easy to load and fasten. It should also be comfortable for you to wear, especially as baby grows. Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Delivery, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Premature Labor, Postpartum Bleeding, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

No Evidence Fish Oil in Pregnancy Makes for Brainier Kids

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – Popping prenatal supplements that contain fish oil won't make your child any smarter, a new study suggests. That finding comes from a seven-year follow-up of an earlier trial comparing use of supplements containing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to use of a placebo during the last half of pregnancy. DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in fatty fish, like salmon, tuna and trout. It is also found in fish oil supplements. "The important result in this study is that our primary outcome – child intelligence or IQ – was not affected by fish oil," said Jacqueline Gould, the study's lead author. Gould is a postdoctoral research fellow at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute in North Adelaide. The study found no difference in kids' language, academic abilities or "executive functioning" – a set of mental skills that help people plan, pay ... Read more

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Most Women Stop Drinking After Positive Pregnancy Test, Study Finds

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – When they learn they're pregnant, most American women stop drinking alcohol, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from more than 5,000 newly pregnant women in eight U.S. cities. They found that the vast majority stopped or reduced their drinking after their positive pregnancy test. "Our study was not focused on whether or not alcohol is safe in the early conception window," said study senior author Dr. Katherine Hartmann. "We wanted to see what actual women were currently doing. And we were pleasantly surprised about how promptly people changed their alcohol use," said Hartmann, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Most quit completely, while about 6 percent of women continued to consume some alcohol, almost all of them at very low levels, she said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more

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More Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Protect Kids From High Blood Pressure

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Higher folic acid levels during pregnancy may reduce the risk of high blood pressure in children if their mothers have heart disease risk factors, a new study suggests. "Our study adds further evidence on the early life origins of high blood pressure," said senior corresponding author Dr. Xiaobin Wang, a pediatrician from Boston University. The study was published March 8 in the American Journal of Hypertension. "Our findings raise the possibility that early risk assessment and intervention before conception and during pregnancy may lead to new ways to prevent high blood pressure and its consequences across life span and generations," Wang said in a journal news release. She and her research colleagues looked at data from almost 1,300 mother-child pairs from births at Boston Medical Center. The moms and kids were followed from 2003 to 2014. Two-thirds of this ... Read more

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