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  • Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Pregnant Women
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    Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Pregnant Women

    When I was pregnant with my daughter six years ago, I was thirty weeks into my pregnancy at Halloween. I was absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to dress up my pregnant belly. I had so many fun and safe Halloween costume ideas in mind. Unfortunately, Halloween fell on a Monday that year. Because I worked […] More

  • America Has the Right Type of Mosquito for the Zika Virus
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    Zika Virus Infection Less Dangerous During Third Trimester

    Finally some good news about the Zika virus. Infection during the third trimester of pregnancy appears to not cause serious harm to the developing baby. The Zika virus has previously been shown to attack fetal brain cells, causing severe birth defects. A new report published in the New English Journal of Medicine finds that maternal […] More

  • Zika Virus
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    CDC Concludes Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects

    After careful review of current evidence, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded that the Zika virus causes microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. As published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the report describes a rigorous weighing of evidence using established scientific criteria. Explains Tom Frieden, M.D., […] More

  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Placentitis
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    Cytomegalovirus (CMV Virus) and Pregnancy

    Cytomegalovirus, or the CMV virus, is a common virus in the herpes virus family that infects individuals of all ages. CMV is a common viral infection, especially among young children. The virus spreads from person to person through bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, mucus, urine, semen, and breast milk. Infection with CMV after birth […] More

  • Miconazole 7
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    Oral Fungicides May Increase the Risk of Pregnancy Loss

    Approximately 10 percent of pregnant women in the United States develop the yeast infection vaginal candidiasis. Health care providers most often recommend intravaginal formulations of topical azole antifungals as the first-line treatment for pregnant women but also often prescribe oral fluconazole. Now a study published in the journal JAMA suggests that the use of the […] More

  • Pregnant Woman Vaccinated with Flu Vaccine
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    Flu and Tdap Vaccine Combo Confirmed Safe During Pregnancy

    Pregnant women can and should receive the influenza and Tdap vaccines to protect both mother and baby from the respiratory flu and whooping cough. A new six-year study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms the safety of both vaccines during pregnancy and reveals that pregnancy women can receive both at the same time […] More

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    Study Raises Concerns About Iodine Levels in Organic and Long-Life Milk During Pregnancy

    Is organic better? According to a new study from scientists at the University of Reading published online in the journal Food Chemistry, milk certified as organic and conventional long-life milk treated at ultra-high temperatures (UHT) contains one-third less iodine than conventionally-produced fresh milk. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy has been linked to poorer cognitive ability in […] More

  • Non-stress Fetal Monitoring with Gestational Diabetes
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    Gestational Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk of Autism

    Gestational diabetes during pregnancy increases the risk for future health problems among mothers and babies. Now a new study published in the journal JAMA finds that intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes mellitus diagnosed by 26 weeks of gestation is associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children.¬†Women newly diagnosed with diabetes […] More

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