COVID in Pregnancy, Higher Odds for ‘Preemie’ Delivery

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) — In this pandemic era, moms-to-be understandably worry about the risks COVID-19 might pose to their baby. A new study offers some answers. Pregnant women with COVID-19 may be more likely to have a preterm birth. But they don’t have an increased risk of stillbirth or baby … Read more

Are Depression and Anxiety Meds OK During Pregnancy?

SOURCES: Mary Kimmel, MD, assistant professor and medical director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.” National Library of Medicine: “Generalized anxiety disorder: course and risk factors in pregnancy,” “Detecting Patterns of Prescription Drug Use During Pregnancy and Lactation with Visualization … Read more

Is Any Amount of Coffee Safe for Baby During Pregnancy?

“I would advise pregnant women to take in as little caffeine as possible and switch to decaf altogether if they can,” Foxe said. But he urged women not to go cold turkey if they can help it, because caffeine withdrawal can cause a host of symptoms, including headaches, irritability, nausea and difficulty concentrating. … Read more

MS Doesn’t Put Pregnant Women at Higher Risk

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that should reassure women with multiple sclerosis (MS) who want to have a baby, new research suggests the disease doesn’t raise the risk of pregnancy complications. “Women with multiple sclerosis may be understandably concerned about the risks of pregnancy,” said study author Dr. Melinda … Read more

Post-Miscarriage, Aspirin May Affect Next Pregnancy

By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Could something as simple as taking a low-dose aspirin once a day guard against pregnancy loss among women who have already suffered miscarriages? New research suggests that’s the case, though exactly how low-dose aspirin helps stave off miscarriages is not fully … Read more

COVID-19 Ups Complication Risks During Childbirth

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Women who have COVID-19 during childbirth are more likely to face complications than moms-to-be without the coronavirus, researchers say. Fortunately, the absolute risk for complications for any one woman is very low (less than 1%). But the relative risks for problems — such as clotting and … Read more

COVID Doesn’t Pass to Baby During Pregnancy

While finding lower-than-expected levels of protective antibodies in umbilical cord blood, researchers found high levels of influenza antibodies, possibly from maternal flu vaccination, according to the study. In other viruses or vaccines, antibodies tend to be transferred at much higher levels, possibly for evolutionary reasons because babies can’t develop their own antibodies until 6 … Read more

Experts: Pregnant Women Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Dec. 18, 2020 — Pregnant women or nursing moms who want the COVID-19 vaccine should get one, experts say. That’s true even though there’s a lack of safety data in these groups, according to guidance from the CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Pregnant … Read more

Most Pregnant Women With COVID Are Asymptomatic

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Most pregnant women infected with the new coronavirus don’t have symptoms, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from a coronavirus screening program in the labor and delivery unit of Elmhurst Hospital in New York City during March and April. Of … Read more