pregnancy safety

The On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Tylenol And Pregnancy

Studies go back and forth about the safety of various pain relievers during pregnancy. Currently, ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil) is advised against, since it may be associated with congenital heart defects when taken during the first trimester (although a dose is very unlikely to cause any damage). The alternative? Acetaminophen, sold under brand name... Read more

Zika Update: How Pregnant Women In The U.S. Are Taking Precaution

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With the latest information that Zika can be sexually transmitted, people are on higher alert than ever. It completely widens the scope of severity; previously, if men were bitten by a Zika-infected mosquito, no biggie. But now, evidence shows that men can pass the virus to their partners. So, ladies, you can follow the CDC's travel... Read more

The Debate Around The CDC’s New Alcohol Recommendation

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For many women, pregnancy and abstaining from drinking alcohol go hand in hand. Numerous studies have connected drinking during pregnancy with an increased risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) and there is no known safe level of alcohol that is safe to consume when you’re expecting. In an effort to reduce the number of... Read more

World Health Organization Declares Zika 'Public Health Emergency'

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After an emergency meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, today, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika a "public health emergency of international concern." Feel like that already sums up the general sentiment towards the virus? This official terminology elevates it to the same level of concern as Ebola, meaning research and aid will now be prioritized... Read more

Zika Update: 5 Tips For Pregnant Women

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The recent World Health Organization news that the mosquito-spread Zika virus is a “public health emergency of international concern" has everyone on high alert. While 80 percent of people infected with the virus never realize they have it, pregnant women who are bitten by a Zika-infected mosquito are at risk for delivering babies... Read more

Pregnant Woman Dies After Shoveling Snow: The Safety Precautions You Need To Take

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This weekend's blizzard left tragedy in its wake across some of the storm's hardest hit areas. In Pottstown, Pennsylvania, an 8-month-pregnant woman passed away after spending the morning shoveling snow. Briahna Gerloff, 18, collapsed after shoveling snow outside her home around 9 a.m. on Saturday. Gerloff had actually completed the shoveling and headed inside, according to a family... Read more

Zika And Birth Defects: What Pregnant Women Need To Know

You've been reading all about it, or at the very least, seeing headlines about it across your Facebook and Twitter feeds. But what exactly is Zika, and what does it mean for you? Probably nothing. But if you're pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you may want to avoid traveling to certain Latin American and Caribbean... Read more

When Are Antibiotics Not Okay During Pregnancy?

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Even the most cautious moms-to-be can find themselves sick with a virus or infection during pregnancy. And if they do, it's reassuring that researchers from the University of Montreal recently vetted common antibiotics, finding no link to birth defects. But a new study poses a question: Is it a good idea to take antibiotics the whole... Read more

Antibiotic Use During Pregnancy Won’t Increase Risk Of Birth Defects: Study

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Some reassuring news for expectant moms: If you happen to get sick during pregnancy, two common antibiotics have just been proven a-ok. Researchers from the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital wondered if it was a pregnant woman's infection or the antibiotics used to treat it that had the... Read more

10 Percent Of Women Drink During Pregnancy: Report

For many women, a positive pregnancy test means no alcohol whatsoever. For other moms-to-be, it’s an occasional sip or drink on special occasions. Although numerous findings show that drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), a new study has discovered that moms are taking the risk: The US Centers... Read more