Rate of Birth Defects in Zika

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Gerald Thurswell

According to a new study pregnancies of women who have been infected by Zika virus are close to twenty times more likely to give birth to babies with certain birth defects in comparison to those who have not been infected. A new study compares pregnancies before and after the Zika virus had spread throughout the […]

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Preterm Birth & Heart Disease In Women

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by Gerald Thurswell

A study, published online in the journal Circulation, shows that preterm birth appears to be an early warning signal of a woman’s risk for heart disease. The study was based on data from 70,182 women. Women who delivered full-term babies were compared to women who gave birth earlier than 37 weeks. The women who gave […]

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New Guidelines For Pregnancy

Posted on November 16th, 2016 by Gerald Thurswell

The World Health Organization issued 49 new recommendations to prevent deaths in childbirth. One of these recommendations: women should see a doctor or midwife at least eight times during each pregnancy, five of these visits at the last trimester. Previously, the organization had advised women to visit clinics four times per pregnancy. Each of the […]

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Prenatal Parental Depression Increases Risk Of Premature Baby

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by Gerald Thurswell

Prenatal Parental Depression Increases Risk Of Premature Baby A new study has found that having a mother or father who is depressed increases the risk of preterm birth. Using data on 366,499 singleton births, Swedish researchers assessed whether parents had been given a diagnosis of depression a year prior to conception and the end of […]

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Placental Abruption, High Blood Pressure, And The Risk For Recurrence

Posted on October 13th, 2015 by Gerald Thurswell

A study examining single-baby pregnancies of women in the Netherlands recently found those who suffered a placental abruption, when the placenta peels away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery — either partially or completely, have an increased risk of a repeat abruption in a subsequent pregnancy. The study also factored in the […]

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