Maternal Caffeine Consumption and Birth Outcomes

Maternal Caffeine Consumption and Birth Outcomes

Coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverage consumption has continued to increase over the past several decades. Is there a link between maternal caffeine consumption and birth outcomes? A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition from Ireland in 941 mothers and their newborns found that birth outcomes were negatively associated with maternal caffeine […]

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Women Who Consume High Amounts of Fast Food May Take Longer to Conceive

Women Who Consume High Amounts of Fast Food May Take Longer to Conceive

A recent study published in Human Reproduction suggests that women who consume high amounts of fast food may take longer to conceive, while women who eat more fruit conceive more quickly. This study was the result of a multi-center pregnancy-based cohort of over 5,000 women interviewed during their first pregnancy. Participants who reported high fast […]

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The Long-Term Effects of Marijuana on Mother and Baby

effects of marijuana on mother and baby

The increase of legalization of marijuana does not decrease the concern for the effects of maternal and fetal exposure during pregnancy and potential negative outcomes on the child.  The legalization of marijuana, does however, suggest the potential for growing use, even during pregnancy. National survey suggest that reproductive-aged women believe that little or no harm […]

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Elevated Blood Pressure and Early Pregnancy Loss

elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss

Most people know that high blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but what do we know about elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss? Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The first or top number is called systolic blood pressure and is a measurement of the pressure (mm Hg) in your […]

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Drinking Before Pregnancy Is Known

Drinking before pregnancy is known

Most know that drinking during pregnancy is associated with harm in exposed offspring, but what are the effects of drinking before pregnancy is known? Less understood is whether maternal alcohol consumption before one knows whether they are pregnant is associated with harm. A meta-analysis published in Alcohol Clinical Experimental Research 2014 Jan;38(1):214-26 showed a small […]

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CDC Released Updated Zika Virus Guidance for Women

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The CDC released updated Zika virus guidance for women undergoing fertility treatment. Women and men with possible exposure to Zika virus but without clinical illness consistent with Zika virus disease should wait AT LEAST 8 weeks after exposure to attempt conception. Possible exposure is defined as travel to or residence in an area of active Zika virus […]

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Guidelines On Fish Consumption For Pregnant Women Don’t Go Far Enough

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A report by the Environmental Working Group found that Federal guidelines on fish consumption for pregnant women don’t go far enough to protect their fetuses from mercury. Ingestion of mercury, which occurs primarily with high consumption of certain fish, can harm the developing brains of fetuses and young children. The FDA approved safe fish are salmon, shrimp, […]

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Zika Virus in Semen

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Researchers from Great Britain have reported that Zika virus can be detected in semen for 62 days after initial infection. They were unable to grow live virus from these samples so it is not known whether men can transmit the infection to their sexual partners for that length of time. Zika, however,  is known to […]

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CDC Expands Travel Warnings for Zika Virus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued an expanded travel warning for regions where travelers may be at risk for contracting Zika virus. These regions include Puerto Rico, Barbados, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Columbia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Martin, Samoa, Suriname, Venezuela, the […]

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Zika Virus

zika virus and pregnancy

In May 2015 the Pan-American Health Organization issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika Virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil lead to reports of Guillian-Barre Syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes. Over the past year the Zika virus has spread into Venezuela, Columbia […]

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