2015 Pregnancy Summit– State of the science on medicine in pregnancy

The Pregnancy Summit, held in London in early October, was an opportunity to hear about some of the latest science related to pregnancy and fetal health medicine. The Pregnancy and Medicine Initiative was present at the conference, which took place simultaneously with the first European Safe Motherhood Week, to help highlight some of the important work being done to improve…

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The uncomfortable truth about Hyperemesis Gravidarum

“This is the sound of my pregnancy.” There were a few slightly uneasy chuckles around the room as Katrine Moholt, Norwegian actress, fumbled around a few seconds before she played an audio file. Everyone knew what they were about to hear. Then, it came out: Gurgling. Moaning. Retching. Of course, most of us laughed – that was the expected reaction…

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Pregnancy and MS in the spotlight

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is more prevalent in women of childbearing age than in any other group. As a result, a key concern of many newly diagnosed women is how the disease will affect their chances of having children. This was the case for Anna Field, who was diagnosed with MS at the age of 26. Since her diagnosis, Anna has…

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Pregnant with lupus: Rachel’s story

“I never thought I’d be able to have children,” says Rachel Warburton. “I was diagnosed with lupus at 14 and, back then, there wasn’t much information around for people of my age. When you’re young, you don’t really think about getting older and having children but it was always in the back of my mind that it wasn’t something I’d…

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Taking supplements while pregnant: Is there enough safety data?

“We often get calls on our hotlines from patients who are taking very large doses of supplements, mostly in the mistaken belief that more is better,” says Beth Conover, a pediatric nurse practitioner and director of Nebraska MotherToBaby, an information service about medication exposure during pregnancy. “I don’t think women receive enough information about supplement use in pregnancy.” Conover’s comments…

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Mother-to-baby transmission of hepatitis B: a breakthrough?

“Mother-to-newborn transmission of the hepatitis B virus is an enormous global problem”, says Joan Block, executive director and cofounder of the Hepatitis B Foundation. “Of the 350 million individuals living with chronic hepatitis B worldwide, most were infected at birth through perinatal transmission.” New research, suggesting a possible treatment to prevent perinatal transmission of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), could be a vital breakthrough. Hepatitis B is the most common serious liver infection…

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New FDA ruling may spark research into pregnancy and medication says ACOG

We are now over a month into a new regime in the U.S. that paves the way for pregnant women to be better provided for. As of June 30, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the rules on the labeling of prescription drugs, meaning that doctors have more information and women can expect better advice. “Prescribing decisions during pregnancy…

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