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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Short Cervix May Cause Pre-term Birth


I'm sure most women have no idea whether or not they have a short cervix. However, screening for this could prevent pre-term birth and premature delivery.  There are some treatments that can be given to women with this condition that may prolong the pregnancy and prevent prematurity.

This article talks about how screening for a short cervix is not only cost effective but it could prevent long-term disorders in infants and prevent neonatal death. Read more:

www.sciencedaily.com

From the article:
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"Since only 10 percent of preterm birth occurs in women with a history of preterm birth, cervical length screening may be the best way to decrease the number of babies born prematurely," said Werner.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pregnancy and Abdominal Pain


A Pregnant Uterus Can be 1000 times its normal size!

I was very uncomfortable in my 3rd trimester when my uterus started getting larger.  It was hard to get comfortable and you really start to feel the changes in your body - not only in your uterus, but on both sides of your abdomen and both sides of your pelvis. Sometimes I couldn't even sit straight up.
Since your uterus can amazingly grow to 1000 times its normal size in pregnancy, it's no wonder there can be some discomfort.  I spent a lot of time lying on my left side to help my abdomen feel better..

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 I extremely stretched to point that I thought I was going to rupture (I truly did worry about that).   I think your uterus is a muscle and it can be tight just like other muscles in your body...especially as you get older.   If you think about it, it's amazing how much your body can stretch to have a full grown baby inside.

 Round ligament pain is common in pregnancy

 All of stress on your body can lead to abdominal pain. The round ligament is frequently a cause of pain for pregnant women.  It is usually felt on your side.  The pain can be sharp and sudden, especially if you make quick movements.

Here is an article about abdominal pain in pregnancy and when and if it could be a concern:

Lower Abdominal Pain In Pregnancy (www.womenshealthcaretopics.com)

From the article:

The good news is most women will experience mild abdominal discomfort throughout their pregnancy that occasionally occurs from the uterus stretching, from gas or even from constipation. Round ligament pain may result in short, stabbing and sharp aches in one or both sides of the abdomen. Fortunately this pain is relieved relatively quickly simply by relaxing or changing positions. Try to remain calm regardless of what you are experiencing, and remember when in doubt contact your health care provider immediately. Your doctor can help identify the cause of your abdominal pain during pregnancy and put your mind at ease in most cases.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Depression And The Reproductive lifecycle


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It may be more than PMS. Women who think they're suffering from PMS may actually have a condition called PMDD or premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Read more:

Depression and the Lifetime Reproductive Cycle
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder


From the article:

The DSM-IV classifies premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) under research diagnostic criteria as depression not otherwise specified (Table below). Mood and anxiety symptoms can occur only during the premenstrual period, or preexisting symptoms can become worse at this time. Identifying and treating symptoms that have a significant effect on patients is important; dismissing them as "simple" premenstrual symptoms deprives women of potentially beneficial treatment.

PMDD is a severely distressing and debilitating condition that requires treatment. Between 3 and 5 percent of women meet the diagnostic criteria for this disorder, which presents with symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as cognitive and physical symptoms. The diagnosis of PMDD requires the presence of five of 11 symptoms, with at least one of the first four symptoms experienced during the last week of the luteal phase; in addition, remission of symptoms must occur within a few days of the onset of menstruation.


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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Monitor Your Baby From a Smartphone?

Wow, who would have thought that there's an "app" for that!  Granted, things are still in development, but smartphones may provide ground breaking ways of monitoring your pregnancy.  Read more:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528845.100-home-prenatal-scans-help-keep-babies-safe.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

KEEPING a close watch on baby and mother during pregnancy is crucial, but the equipment to do this is often found only in hospitals. So mothers who live far from medical centres must make long journeys to receive routine scans.
This could soon change thanks to a portable fetal-monitoring package based around a smartphone. It could provide broader access to cheap monitoring systems for those in remote locations and in countries without access to the most advanced prenatal technologies.
Designed by a team of engineers, computer scientists and obstetricians at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the system uses commercially available sensors to monitor the fetal heartbeat during pregnancy or the mother's contractions during labour. That information is sent via Bluetooth to an Android smartphone, which processes it before relaying it to the main hospital database using whatever connections are available.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Pregnant Women May Protect Their Babies From Whooping Cough

I've heard that whooping cough is making a come back.  This article seems to confirm it. 
 Newborns are at very high risk for serious complications if they get infected and pregnant women are being urged to get vaccinated to protect their babies.  Read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19729989

From the article:

Babies under six months of age are the most vulnerable. They are too young to be protected by routine vaccination, which starts at two months of age.
The infection can stop the baby breathing or lead to pneumonia, brain damage, weight loss and death.
Women who are between 28 and 38 weeks pregnant are to be offered a combined whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine. About 730,000 women a year could be given the vaccine.
Prof David Salisbury, the director of immunisation at the Department of Health, said: "We're boosting the mother to protect the baby. We can't protect babies until they are eight weeks, but their mothers can."



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