Pregnancy Today

  • Women Warned About Risks Of Being Overweight During Pregnancy

    Many pregnant women are unaware that they are overweight or obese, and of the risks this poses to their pregnancy, according to the results of a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA). Associate Professor Leonie Callaway, of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospitals and the University of Queensland's School of Medicine, and her co-authors surveyed 412 women in early pregnancy who attended a public antenatal clinic or were patients of a private obstetrician.

    10/19/2009 - 19:00
  • Uterine Artery Embolisation May Adversely Affect Future Pregnancies

    A paper to be published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG) examines the evidence on pregnancy outcomes following uterine artery embolisation (UAE), a treatment for fibroids.1 The authors underline the potential reproductive risks of UAE, and urge caution in recommending this treatment to women who wish to become pregnant in the future. Uterine artery embolisation is a relatively new method for treating uterine fibroids.

    10/19/2009 - 05:00
  • Reduced Fetal Activity And Assessing For Poor Pregnancy Outcome

    A paper published in TOG: The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist today recommends discontinuing the traditional practice of monitoring how well your baby is doing by counting the number of kicks felt over a set period, cross-referenced with fetal kick charts. Fetal kick charts, developed in the 1970s, are still used in some countries to help determine if the pregnancy is progressing well. Pregnant women are asked to count the number of kicks felt in the womb per day.

    10/19/2009 - 05:00
  • Cancer Treatment During Pregnancy Need Not Risk Baby's Health

    Many women who discover they have cancer while pregnant risk their own health by postponing treatment. But an international collaborative study carried out in Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, has shown that, while babies born to women who undergo cytotoxic treatment during pregnancy tend to be born prematurely and are small for gestational age, most achieve a good outcome and the incidence of congenital malformations is comparable to the general population.

    10/18/2009 - 02:00
  • Physicians Urge Pregnant Women To Get H1N1 Vaccine, Protect Themselves And Baby From Potential Deadly Threat

    Pregnant women in the U.S. infected with the novel H1N1 influenza A virus have died at a rate six times higher than the general population. With flu season upon us, that mortality rate may escalate, so UMDNJ physicians strongly advise expectant mothers to get immunized as soon as the H1N1 vaccine becomes available. "All pregnant women should be vaccinated," urges Dr.

    10/17/2009 - 04:00