Tag: Pregnancy

San Antonio OBGYN

As San Antonio has evolved, so too has the number of physicians. To give patients a better understanding of the current physician landscape, I will outline some of characteristics of my practice – location, experience, and innovation. First, location has become an increasingly important determinant of practice efficacy in the past decade. For many years,…

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Omega-3 DHA May Prevent Earliest Preemies

For pregnant women, supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may help to reduce the likelihood of giving birth very prematurely, according to a new study. The results add to evidence that omega-3 fatty acid supplements make pregnancy last a little longer. That’s important for women in the U.S., who have shorter pregnancies…

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Study Links Smoking Bans to Fewer Pre-Term Births

Banning smoking in enclosed public places may lead to lower rates of preterm birth, according to Belgian researchers who say the findings point to health benefits of smoke-free laws even in very early life. It is well known that smoking during pregnancy can stunt the growth of unborn babies and shorten gestation, and that second-hand…

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More Evidence Prenatal Folic Acid May Lower Autism Risk

More evidence suggests that prenatal folic acid supplementation may lower the risk of developing autism. A population-based cohort study of almost 85,000 children in Norway showed that those children whose mothers used supplemental folic acid early in pregnancy had 39% lower odds of having autistic disorder than those whose mothers did not use the supplements….

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safe in Early Pregnancy, Study Confirms

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Dec 20 – A new study provides additional reassurance on the safety of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine during the first trimester of pregnancy, say researchers with the Vaccine Safety Datalink team in a paper published today. “We found no increased risk of spontaneous abortion during a four-week exposure window after vaccination….

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Vitamin D Deficiency in Pregnancy Linked to Low Birth Weight

Vitamin D levels in early pregnancy are closely related to birth weight, head circumference and ponderal index, but not placental growth, in term infants, according to a study published online November 16 and in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Alison D. Gernand, PhD, MPH, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of…

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Can Aspirin Prevent Preeclampsia in High-Risk Women

Low-dose aspirin failed to prevent preeclampsia in an underpowered trial, but a meta-analysis including that trial suggests that early introduction of aspirin can prevent preeclampsia and severe preeclampsia. “Even with the available data on low-dose aspirin treatment, there are strong controversial opinions for and against it,” Dr. Pia M. Villa from the University of Helsinki,…

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Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Disrupts Brain Development

Heavy prenatal exposure to alcohol may disrupt proper brain development during childhood and adolescence, new research suggests. An international, multisite study of 133 children and youth showed, through the use of structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, that those who had mothers who drank heavily during pregnancy had significantly decreased brain plasticity compared with the…

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Labor Induction Does Not Increase Cesarean Risk

Low-risk pregnant women whose labor is induced at term might have no higher risk of cesarean delivery than women who deliver later, a large retrospective study suggests. In fact, perinatal outcomes may be improved. In a September 21 online paper in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Yvonne W. Cheng of the University…

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Progresterons Curb Preterm Singleton Births

Pooled data indicate that progestogens may help prevent preterm birth among women who’ve delivered early in the past, according to researchers based in Tennessee. But the evidence wasn’t very strong, and any benefit appears limited to singleton pregnancies. As Dr. Frances E. Likis told Reuters Health by email, “Progestogens prevent preterm birth in women who…

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