Congenital heart disease risks in pregnancy “may be overestimated’

Women with congenital heart disease are more likely to have safer pregnancies, according to new research. Physicians may have been over-estimating the risks of complications for women with these disorders, which in turn may have been discouraging them from pregnancy, the researchers said. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a group of abnormalities in the heart that develop before birth, such…

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Opioids in pregnancy ‘need best practice prescribing’

Pregnant women are at high risk of being prescribed opioid medication inappropriately, a new analysis has found. The new American study found that nearly 10 percent of women on Medicaid, the US health insurance plan, who had live births received a prescription for opioids. The study by New York researchers focused on women of reproductive age from 2008 to 2013…

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Speech and language disorder linked to antidepressant use during pregnancy

The use of certain antidepressants during pregnancy may be linked to speech and language disorders in children, US researchers have found. According to the latest study, women who purchase two or more prescriptions for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with speech and language disorders. Dr Alan Brown of the Columbia University…

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Newer epilepsy drugs may not impact baby’s IQ

Newer epilepsy medications may not have a negative impact on a baby’s cognitive development if taken during pregnancy, new research has determined.   Risks associated with an older medication, valproate, were also confirmed during the latest study, however, the results of which were published online this month in the respected journal Neurology. The Epilepsy Research UK-funded study has shown that…

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Gestational diabetes linked to obesity

Gestational diabetes may increase a child’s later risk of obesity, new research has found. Maternal gestational diabetes (GDM) is associated with increased odds of offspring obesity at age 9 to 11 years, suggested the multinational study of more than 4,700 children, which was published online earlier this month. The association is not fully independent of current maternal body mass index…

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New study suggests antipsychotic use not linked to birth defects

A major study of 1.3 million women has suggested that antipsychotic use during pregnancy does not significantly increase the risk of birth defects. The research, carried out at Harvard Medical School, also found that there was no enhanced risk of cardiac malformations in particular. Exposure to antipsychotics during pregnancy is increasingly common, said the researchers. Antipsychotic medications are used for…

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Statins in pregnancy

Statin may reduce premature births in women with lipid syndrome. A drug which has been widely used in the general population to prevent cardiovascular disease appears to help prevent pregnancy complications in women with antiphospholipid syndrome, new research has found. The new statin treatment may hold promise in reducing premature births and increasing babies' chances of survival for mothers with…

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