Autoimmune disease in pregnancy

Autoimmune conditions, such as psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis have the potential to significantly complicate pregnancy. Both planned and unplanned pregnancies are a major issue for women with these diseases, concerned their baby may be at risk from the highly active medications they take to control their condition. Symptoms of an autoimmune disease can improve, worsen, or remain unchanged…

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Antiviral drug reduced hepatitis B transmission risk in pregnancy

Daily treatment with the antiviral drug tenofovir during the third trimester of pregnancy significantly reduced the risk of hepatitis B (HBV) transmission from mother to baby, according to new US research. The findings of the study could potentially help to eradicate the disease, say the researchers involved. The clinical trial was led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Centre, who…

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Survey reveals risks of medication in pregnancy “overestimated”

Pregnant women are “overestimating the risks” of taking over the counter and prescribed medication, according to new UK research carried out by pharmacists. The findings revealed that women are choosing not to treat common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, heartburn and aches and pains with medications. It was also seen that mothers-to-be are choosing not to take medication for urinary…

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Medication in pregnancy

A recent survey has found that a third of women across Europe have taken more than one medication during their pregnancy. In addition, the ‘Perceptions of Pregnancy’ survey initiated by Safe Motherhood Week found that over 94 per cent of women surveyed did not have a trouble-free pregnancy experience. The report surveyed over 3,270 women across seven countries in Europe.…

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Psychiatric medication in pregnancy: difficult decisions

“Nine months is a very long time if you are depressed or anxious.” To take medication or not to take medication; for some women with mood disorders, this can be the most difficult decision they will make during their pregnancy. “Moms & Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication” is a newly-released documentary film that explores the options women face when…

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Progesterone supplements do not reduce risk of miscarriage

The positive role of progesterone supplementation in preventing miscarriage has been disputed in a recent study by English researchers. Traditionally, supplementation of the hormone during early pregnancy was thought to increase the rates of live births and newborn survival, especially among women who had recurrent unexplained miscarriages. Progesterone is known as the hormone essential for the maintenance of pregnancy, preparing…

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Empowering women with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) to make pregnancy decisions

Becoming a mother can be a daunting prospect in the best of circumstances, but contemplating motherhood as an RA sufferer brings its own set of problems, with a multitude of issues to consider. Of particular concern is the need for accurate information on medication safety. Some RA treatments are known to cause birth defects, whilst others could potentially interfere with…

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