New Pregnancy Test Could Detect Complications and More

A team of scientists in the UK are working on a pregnancy test that may revolutionize the way maternal and fetal health are monitored during pregnancy. ... read more »

Maternal Medical Society Explores Late-Term Hypertension

Babies born between weeks 39 and 40 of pregnancy have the most positive outcomes, according to the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. ... read more »

Lung Ultrasound for Detecting Pulmonary Edema

Preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine, is usually diagnosed after week 32 but, in some cases, symptoms appear as early as week 20. ... read more »

Dynamic Cerebral Autoregulation During Pregnancy, Risk of Preeclampsia

Cerebral circulation can be severely affected by preeclampsia. Researchers are not sure whether preeclampsia causes problems with cerebral autoregulation or if the issues are simply a precursor of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Antidepressants and Pulmonary Hypertension in Infants

According to a new study, the use of antidepressants during pregnancy may increase the risk of high blood pressure in the lungs or pulmonary hypertension. ... read more »

Child Abuse and Autism Risk

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry reports a connection between child abuse and future risk of having children with autism. ... read more »

Experts Clarify Details Regarding PCOS Diagnosis

Scientists have now issued guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). There had been much debate in the medical community over various aspects of the condition. ... read more »

Long-Term Effect of Elevated Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

High blood pressure in pregnancy is a clear warning sign for preeclampsia. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure has also been associated with birth defects and long-term side effects on maternal health independent of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Maternal Sleep and Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Researchers at the University of Michigan recently published a study correlating sleeping patterns and increased risk of stillbirth, preeclampsia and low birth weight. Sleeping patterns can be altered and thus, so can the increased risk of pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Study: How Weight Affects First Pregnancy Outcomes

Increased weight is associated with increased incidence of pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, macrosomia, induction of labor and cesarean delivery. ... read more »

Preeclampsia in First and Subsequent Pregnancies

Pre-eclampsia has been defined as a disease of first pregnancies. ... read more »

Can Dessert Prevent Preeclampsia?

A favorite treat for many women is found to help prevent a dangerous pregnancy condition. ... read more »

Pregnancy and Preeclampsia: Double the Stroke Risk

Being pregnant and having preeclampsia both increase a woman's risk of stroke; the preeclampsia-related risk of stroke lingers on as long as 40 years after the pregnancy. ... read more »

Gestational Hypertension Linked to Pregnancy Snoring

In 2009, researchers presented a preliminary study at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting in Seattle, Washington regarding a possible connection between pregnancy-onset snoring and preeclampsia and gestational hypertension. ... read more »

Preeclampsia Biomarker Discovery Could Make Detection Easier

Preeclampsia is a rare but dangerous complication of pregnancy. Early detection usually brings the most positive outcomes and a Norwegian study may lead to diagnosis before symptoms arise. ... read more »

New Understanding of Preeclampsia May Lead to Future Drug Therapies

Preeclampsia 'has puzzled scientists for year." But lead research scientist's discoveries offer hope for drug therapies that could be used in the future to treat preeclampsia before any harm is done. ... read more »

Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Healthy lifestyle choices can increase the likelihood a woman will have a normal pregnancy outcome, according to a new study by a collaboration of scientists from the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. ... read more »

Antidepressants, Pregnancy, and High Blood Pressure

According to data collected in the Quebec Pregnancy Registry, there may be a link between antidepressant intake during pregnancy and hypertension or high blood pressure. ... read more »

High Risk Pregnancy Complications Guide

Information and Resources from babyMed about potential high-risk pregnancy complications that may be diagnosed during your pregnancy such as bleeding, hypertension, and premature delivery. ... read more »

Pregnancy Complications With Obese Mothers

Obesity is a growing epidemic thought to be the cause of various growing health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature death. ... read more »

Doulas and Midwives

Doulas and midwives are two choices a pregnant woman may choose to include as part of her birthing plan. ... read more »

Fetal Testing and Monitoring

Fetal testing and monitoring are done to ensure that a fetus is healthy and growing at an acceptable rate. Fetal tests can help detect potential and actual problems. This gives the doctors an opportunity to treat the problem before it further develops, if at all possible. ... read more »

Preeclampsia + Kidney Failure = Double Trouble?

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-related form of hypertension that occurs in fewer than 9 percent of all pregnancies worldwide. The ratio may seem small but the dangers to mother and child are quite serious. ... read more »

Weight Gain and Weight Changes During Pregnancy

There are general guidelines for proper weight gain during pregnancy and these are used for more than just guiding mom during her prenatal visits. ... read more »

Risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

Elective cryopreservation of all embryos with subsequent cryothaw embryo transfer in patients at risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome reduces the risk of adverse obstetric outcomes: a preliminary study. ... read more »

How To Naturally Treat Swelling and Protein in Urine

Dear Honest Midwife, I'm at 33 weeks with my first baby and planning a home birth. Lately I've been having serious swelling. My midwife checked my urine and says I'm spilling protein. She put me on a high protein diet and told me to take alfalfa tablets. ... read more »

Low Asprin for Preventing Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is one of the most deadly medical problems affecting pregnant women. Preeclampsia complicates up to 10% of pregnancies worldwide and contributes to both maternal and infant morbidity and mortality as well as accounting for about 1 in 7 preterm births in the United States. ... read more »

Preeclampsia and Reduced Thyroid Function

Preeclampsia can develop by itself, but it can also develop from other fairly common pregnancy complications. It can also cause other types of medical complications as well, like a reduced thyroid function. ... read more »

Cerebral Palsy Risk Increases with Preeclampsia

According to a new study published in BMJ, women who suffer from preeclampsia are at increased risk of giving birth to newborns with cerebral palsy if the newborns are premature or smaller than normal at birth. ... read more »

Preeclampsia and Pregnancy

Last week I saw a patient for her first prenatal visit. She was 8 weeks pregnant and her pregnancy was achieved with IVF (in vitro fertilization). ... read more »

Eye Vision Changes During Pregnancy

The changes in the eyes / vision during pregnancy can be attributed to corneal edema, retinal changes, central serous choroidopathy, glaucoma and pituitary adenoma. ... read more »

Preeclampsia during pregnancy, postpartum and postbirth

Preeclampsia is a life-threatening medical condition that typically occurs during the second half of pregnancy. The major signs of preeclampsia are high blood pressure and protein in the urine. ... read more »

What Is Labor Induction?

Pregnancies don’t always go as planned. There are instances when it is necessary to expedite the birthing process, and it is often done via labor induction. ... read more »

Alanine Aminotransferase - ALT, SGPT (Serum) During Pregnancy

Alanine Aminotrasferase (ALT) is found in multiple body tissues. The serum plays a role in speeding up the alanine cycle. Doctors order this blood test as one means of measuring liver health. ... read more »

Pregnancy After Kidney Transplant Possible

After recovering from a kidney transplant, some women may desire to start a family. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation, chances of pregnancy after kidney transplant are high. Nearly 74% of pregnancies end in live births. ... read more »

Preeclampsia: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

Not only do women have to worry about preeclampsia during pregnancy, the effects of increased blood pressure during pregnancy may last for years. ... read more »

Predicting Recurrent Preeclampsia with Artery Doppler

A recent study published in the American Journal of Perinatology claims uterine artery Doppler can be used in the first trimester to predict the possibility of recurrent preeclampsia. ... read more »

Hp Phenotype and Risk of Preeclampsia

Risk of cardiovascular disease and antioxidant response is associated with Hp phenotype in non-pregnant populations, but according to new research from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York, Hp phenotype is not associated with risk of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Daily Baby Aspirin Could Lower Preeclampsia Risk

To reduce preeclampsia, a new study recommends certain pregnant women be routinely prescribed a regimen of one 81-milligram of aspirin — a baby aspirin — beginning at the 12th week of pregnancy. ... read more »

High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy

Pregnancy hypertension is recognized as one of the most common pregnancy complications and occurs in about 10% of all pregnancies. ... read more »

Postpartum Complications and Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-induced condition that causes a dangerous rise in blood pressure. ... read more »

Does Curettage Speed Up Recovery from Eclampsia/Preeclampsia?

Researchers from the Mansoura University Hospital in Egypt recently investigated the impact of immediate curettage on recovery times in patients with eclampsia or preeclampsia. ... read more »

Choline May Protect Baby for Life

Recently, researchers from Cornell University revealed another important piece of the pregnancy nutrition / fetal health puzzle. According to their research, choline consumption during pregnancy is directed related to the long-term health of the child. ... read more »

Marijuana Use Doubles Risk of Premature Birth

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have completed an international study into possible risk factors for premature birth. Premature or preterm birth is considered one of the most avoidable pregnancy complications ' in some cases. ... read more »

Magnesium Sulfate During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about magnesium sulfate and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Metaprolol During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Metaprolol and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Podocyturia and Proteinuria in Preeclampsia Patients

According to a new study published in Hypertension, a medical journal, podocyturia is detectable in women who experience preeclampsia before proteinuria. Authors from various departments at the Mayo Clinic worked on the study concurrently. ... read more »

Sleep Disorders May be Affecting Fetal Health

Sleep has proven health benefits and according to researchers at the University of Sydney could be beneficial for women with preeclampsia. The condition requires immediate medical attention and often leads to premature delivery and low birth weight. ... read more »

Preeclampsia: Levels of Natriuria and Calciuria

Researchers in Brazil recently published a study examining the effectiveness of natriuria testing compared to calciuria testing in patients with various hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. ... read more »

Preeclampsia: A Battle Not a Condition

Researchers and doctors are constantly on the lookout for a definitive cause of preeclampsia. The condition is life-threatening and the only known cure is childbirth. ... read more »

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