Study Revisits Relationship between Some Drugs and Birth Defects

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Recent studies published in the BMJ suggest that children of pregnant mothers who were prescribed opioids or antibiotics during pregnancy do not have a higher risk of suffering major birth defects. In recent years, studies have suggested babies who were exposed in utero to drugs prescribed for their mothers, like opioids or antibiotics, could lead … Continued

Obstetrical focus on Happier Mom could mean Healthier Baby

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As the saying goes “A happy mom means happy baby.”  A recent study underscores the thought, revealing mom’s emotional state could mean a happier—and healthier – baby. A recent study published in JAMA Network Open took a look at whether there could be an association between psychological distress in mom and the developing neural networks … Continued

Blood test could diagnose Brain Injury after Birth

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Researchers are developing a blood test that could help identify brain injury in babies who experience birth asphyxia during delivery. Asphyxia is a term used to describe a dangerous lack of oxygen that often causes brain injury.  Perinatal or birth asphyxia occurs during labor and at birth, as the name implies.  Causes of birth asphyxia … Continued

Iodine Use in in NICU May Increase Infant Risk of Hypothyroidism

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A new study suggests exposure to iodine in the NICU could put vulnerable infants with congenital hypothyroidism at risk for worsened thyroid dysfunction. As we discussed earlier, the butterfly-shaped gland at the front of your neck works ceaselessly throughout life to regulate metabolism, hormones, and other regulatory functions. For premature infants and newborns with congenital … Continued

Thyroid Dysfunction May be Overdiagnosed and Overtreated in Pregnancy

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Throughout pregnancy, women undergo a lot of change and a variety of tests. Based on results, treatment may, or may not, be initiated while the pregnancy is ongoing.  For those with subclinical hypothyroidism, a new study finds pregnant women may be overdiagnosed and overtreated. The small, butterfly-shaped thyroid gland that resides in the front of … Continued

Research to Assess Whether Single Antibiotic Dose can Reduce Maternal Sepsis

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A new research initiative is taking aim at sepsis—an infection that can take the life of mom and baby. Maternal sepsis is a significant danger to women and their babies around the world.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Maternal Sepsis Study (GLOSS), maternal sepsis infections cause the death of an … Continued

What is Shoulder Dystocia?

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Shoulder dystocia is a term that describes a condition that occurs when the shoulders of a baby get stuck in their mother’s birth canal during vaginal delivery. The condition is common, with about one in 200 children experiencing some kind of shoulder difficulty upon delivery.  Shoulder dystocia can involve one or both shoulders.   While most … Continued

Screening for PTSD may Deter Some Complications of Pregnancy

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A Veterans Administration (VA) study found suffering traumatic events and moral injury in the past can increase pregnancy risk in the future. Researchers at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine evaluated 318 women who became pregnant within three years of separating … Continued

Some Antibiotics Linked to Major Birth Defects

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A new study suggests a particular type of antibiotics prescribed to women during the first trimester of pregnancy could increase the risk of major birth defects. Macrolide antibiotics are prescribed for use against a variety of serious infections including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Chlamydia, and Legionella.  You might know these antibiotics better by names that … Continued

New Study May Help Identify IUGR—a Risk Factor for Cerebral Palsy

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A new blood test may help identify a biomarker of a condition during pregnancy that can be a risk factor for cerebral palsy. Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a condition during pregnancy where a baby does not grow as expected. IUGR may be suggested if a fetus is below the 10th percentile for its gestational … Continued