Every year, nearly all of the 6 million women who get pregnant in the US will take medication while they are pregnant or breastfeeding, but this population often is excluded from clinical research. PLUS: Do contemporary hormonal contraceptives reduce ovarian cancer risk? ALSO: Are breastfeeding intentions associated with infant health?
Pregnancy and Birth
There are several concrete steps clinicians can take to lessen the likelihood of vaginal birth complications, whether stemming from shoulder dystocia, a second twin or vaginal breech.
State policies targeting drug and alcohol use during pregnancy have increased in number and have become more punitive, but findings show that these policies may not encourage women to seek the needed care.
Cardiovascular disease is one the leading causes of morbidity and mortality during pregnancy. This quiz goes over some of the important takeaways on the issues covered in Dr. Beth Brickner's article, Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in pregnancy (January, 2018) .
Internet addiction often is linked with depression but a new study suggests that there is a way to use the technology to help encourage teens with postpartum depression to get treatment.
An analysis by Danish investigators published in JAMA shows that taking oral fluconazole during pregnancy is associated with a significant increased risk of spontaneous abortion. Plus: What persuades parents to vaccinate for HPV? Also: Does prenatal exposure to lithium increase risk of congenital malformations?
Mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the United States can be eliminated with the help of obstetricians.
A patient filed a lawsuit on behalf of her child alleging negligence by her obstetrician in delaying the delivery when she was in the hospital contracting and had severe abdominal pain. Thus, her uterus was allowed to rupture, which caused the child’s severe brain injury. Plus more malpractice cases.
A recent study compared pretreatment with mifepristone followed by treatment with misoprostol against treating with misoprostol alone for the management of first-trimester pregnancy loss. Plus: Are patients less satisfied with MDs who reduce opioids? Also: Does infant exposure to hypertensive disorders or pregnancy affect neurodevelopment?
Altered maternal vaginal microbiota composition contributes to the pathophysiology of preterm birth (PTB), according to a study of two racially distinct cohorts of US pregnant women.