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    Bariatric Surgery Affects Risk of Pregnancy Complications

    Obesity is a known risk factor for complications during pregnancy and birth such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, stillbirth, macrosomia, and birth defects. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, refers to a number of surgical procedures that help obese individuals lose weight. Now a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that […] More

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    Prenatal Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) Linked to Pregnancy Complications

    Consuming drinking water contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE) during pregnancy may increase the risk of pregnancy complications such as stillbirth and placental abruption, concludes a new study published in the journal Environmental Health. Tetrachloroethylene (tetrachloroethene, perchloroethylene, PCE, PERC) is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor widely used for the dry cleaning of fabrics. Previous studies […] More

  • Pregnancy and Schizophrenia
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    Schizophrenia Increases Risk of Pregnancy and Birth Complications

    Schizophrenia increases the risk of pregnancy and birth complications such as pre-eclampsia and pre-term birth, concludes a new landmark study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Women’s College Hospital. As published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the population-based study analyzed data from women aged 15 to 49 […] More

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    IVF Risks May Outweigh Benefits

    Since the advent of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in 1981, over two million babies have been born using the fertility treatment. However, a team of experts from the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands believe that the treatment may be overused and that the risks of IVF outweigh the […] More

  • Pregnancy and Lupus
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    Pregnancy Complications in Lupus Patients Possibly Prevented by Malaria Drug Combo

    Treating pregnant women with lupus and the related disorder antiphospholipid syndrome with a combination of anti-malaria drugs may prevent pregnancy complications such as recurrent pregnancy loss and preeclampsia, says a new study published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, […] More

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    Obese and Older Moms Suffer from More Severe Childbirth Complications, Says New Study

    According to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), severe complications during childbirth are on the rise among mothers in the United States. Although still rare overall, severe complications including heart attack and stroke have increased by 75% and 114% for delivery and postpartum hospitalizations, respectively, over the […] More