On Sunday, the researches from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, reported that anxiety during pregnancy does not appear to raise the risk of long labor, low birth weight, or other perinatal problems (problems around the time of a baby’s birth). Researcher Heather Littleton states that pregnancy is an emotional time for women and anxiety associated with it ‘can be compounded by pre-existing difficulties such as having an inadequate social support system’. Littleton’s team reviewed 50 studies involving a combined more than 15,000 mothers. Done between 1963 and 2005, the studies ranged in size from 27 to more than 7,000 participants. During pregnancy, the women rated their current anxiety and their tendency to become anxious in stressful situations. Due to which they are likely to become depressed and develop self- esteem issues. However, anxiety is not the cause of long labor or low birth weight babies. Littleton and colleagues say more research is needed, since none of the women had extremely high levels of anxiety.
Often depression during pregnancy is overlooked, which may further give rise to complications. Researchers say depression affects between 10 percent and 15 percent of pregnant women and is the strongest risk factor for postpartum depression. During which they are not able to eat properly neither get enough rest or prenatal care, which increases the risk of premature birth or low birth weight. Heather Flynn, a Ph.D., psychologist at the University of Michigan, in a news release says many pregnant women may not realize they’re depressed or that their depressed feelings aren’t normal during pregnancy. Common during Pregnancy General Hospital Psychiatry, researchers surveyed more than 1,800 pregnant women in obstetricians’ waiting rooms for symptoms of depression. They found fewer than half of those who were taking antidepressants (either alone or in combination with talk therapy) had been taking them at the recommended dose for at least six weeks. Most antidepressants must be taken for six to eight weeks to give relief. Signs of Depression Researchers have up with some signs of depression, which they have discovered in women during pregnancy. They are as follows: 1. Depressed mood 2. Decreased interest or pleasure in activities 3. Changes in appetite 4. Change in sleep pattern 5. Fatigue or loss of energy 6. Difficulty concentrating 7. Excessive feelings of worthlessness or guilt 8. Thoughts of suicide 9. Extreme restlessness 10. Irritability
Some so called ‘pregnancy counseling centers’ are showing wrong paths to the women who are seeking their advice. In a recent investigation, Congressional aides posed as 17 year-olds seeking advice for unplanned pregnancies. All they received was false and misleading facts about abortions. One center went on to the extent of saying that the chance of developing cancer is 80% for a woman after an abortion than that of women with no abortion. When Heather Craven, prey of the false ‘pregnancy counseling centers’ asked for advice and reassurance received nothing but an hour of religious spewage about how the cells in the body were already a blessed soul of Jesus. As a consequence of which she left furiously and felt, mislead.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Perinatal Statistics Unit today released a report on smoking and pregnancy, which asserts that more than half – 59.2 per cent – of indigenous women who gave birth in SA in 2003 smoked during pregnancy. Health authorities are concerned at the alarming rate, which is well above the 17.3 per cent national average and only behind the Northern Territory, where 29.1 per cent of pregnant women smoked. According to Kathryn McKenzie, Child, Youth and Women’s Health Service promotions officer smoking during pregnancy increased the risk of lower birth weight babies, premature labour, miscarriages in early pregnancy, stillborn babies and labour complications. Even the risk to the unborn child is possible. Therefore, women stop puffing if you want a healthy and intelligent baby.
Even the pregnant women experienced the wrath of the Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. No accurate data are available on the number of babies born during the Katrina crisis, but officials at both hospitals in Baton Rouge described vivid scenes of distraught pregnant women arriving with no records, of desperate mothers searching for their babies and of women who delivered on their way to the facility. Theresa Shaver, executive director of the District-based White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood says,’ Pregnant women face greater risks — like premature births, low-birth-weight babies and infant deaths — during the stressful conditions of a disaster. This can make delivering a child difficult and potentially life threatening. International relief agencies have detailed guidelines for helping pregnant women, infants and new mothers in disasters around the world, but in the United States, it is not yet integral to our preparedness plans.’ The White Ribbon Alliance working group hopes to release by the end of August proposals to address the needs of newborn babies in disasters and present those recommendations at emergency planning meetings across the country. It is also exploring the option of introducing federal legislation.
A report suggested that at Timken High School in Ohio,out of 490 females,65 girl students were pregnant. In order to bring city school district’s health curriculum in line with national standards the new Canton school board program will teach students who decide to have sex how to do so responsibly. The Rev. David Morgan served on a committee that developed the lesson plans. He is of the view that the new curriculum will move beyond ‘just say no’ approach. However, the Ohio Department of Education doesn’t require schools to provide sex education, particularly when it comes to using contraceptives. The state curriculum calls for venereal disease education, which often is taught along with nutrition and the effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
A report by Guttmacher Institute postulates that expanding Medicaid coverage of contraceptives would reduce dramatically the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions. The report by Rachel Benson Gold, ‘Rekindling Efforts to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy,’cites research by the Guttmacher Institute showing that there is a growing disparity between upper- and middle-class women and poor women’s ability to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Which states that poor women are more likely to have unplanned pregnancy as compared to higher income women. ‘Expanding Medicaid eligibility would be tremendously effective in restarting the nation’s stalled efforts to reduce unplanned pregnancy and, thereby, the need for abortion,’ said Gold, the Guttmacher Institute’s Director of Policy Analysis.
The Pregnancy Weekly blog is an online magazine about pregnancy, baby care and parenting. It is in connection with Pregnancy Weekly an online guide, providing resources that monitor your week by week pregnancy. There are various topics under discussion in the Pregnancy Weekly; like: 1. Birth plan- it’ll talk about birthing environment, who will attend the birth, how will pain be managed etcetera. 2. In the news-, it’ll lay stress on the latest news or studies related to pregnancy. 3. Pregnancy safety- to find out this week’s product recalls, click here. 4. Baby names and their meanings. 5. Quotes on fun parenting. 6. Celebrity babies.
Recent study reveals the effect of TV can be more soothing than compared to mom during pain. Especially if your a kid is being stuck with a needle at the hospital. Researchers are of the view that distraction proves to be a kind of boon at times when a child is under going painful medical procedures. A study involved 69 children who were divided into three groups and were asked to rate their pain when they were stuck with needle used to take a blood sample. Those watching TV cartoons reported half as much pain as those who were being soothed by Mom. When compared with children who just sat in a hospital room with mothers who didn’t try to soothe them or the TV watchers reported one-third the pain.
Carolyn Westhoff, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and public health runs a large federally funded family planning clinic at Columbia University. Westhoff and her patients have a lot to be interested in these days. In just the past few months, the Food and Drug Administration gave final approval to an implantable birth control device and a new birth control pill. She says that she wants to make her patients informed about their growing number of contraceptive choices. Implanon- a matchstick sized rod implanted under the skin of upper arm and continuously releases progestin, a female hormone. Doctors are learning how to insert and remove it. It should be available nationwide by early 2007. Pros: it is the only implantable contraceptive sold in the USA and frees women from thinking about birth control for three years. Cons: Implantation and removal require a minor surgical procedure. Implanon releases just progestin and not estrogen, so it can cause irregular menstrual bleeding. Seasonique-It is the next-generation version of Seasonale, the pill best known for reducing menstrual periods from once every four weeks to once every three months. Pros: it cuts annual menstrual periods to four. ‘With Seasonique’ says Weathoff, ‘hormone levels are going to be stable’. Cons: Seasonique users tend to have vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods than do women taking pills with a 28-day treatment cycle, although such bleeding tends to decrease over time. Lybrel- its maker Wyeth says that this is the only pill containing its particular progestin and estrogen designed to be taken continuously, with no pill-free or placebo days. Pros: it evens out women’s monthly hormone fluctuations. In one study, some women reported decline in their menstrual cycle. After three months on the pill, some women in clinical trials stopped having periods. Cons: "We know, based on our clinical trials … not all women are going to be period-free," Wyeth spokeswoman Candace Steele says. Paragard- is one of two intrauterine devices, or IUDs, sold in the USA. IUDs fell out of favor after one, the Dalkon Shield, was linked to miscarriage-related infections and deaths and recalled in 1975. Today’s IUDs have proven to be quite safe and effective, and they’re gaining in popularity among women. Pros: once inserted it frees women to think about birth control for the next 10 years. Cons: common side effects are heavier and longer periods and spotting between them. Nevertheless, these usually subside within a few months.