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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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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