Pregnancy

Minority Women With Epilepsy Have Higher Rates of Unplanned Pregnancies vs Women Without Epilepsy

Minority Women With Epilepsy Have Higher Rates of Unplanned Pregnancies vs Women Without Epilepsy

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Although unplanned, women with epilepsy were very likely to take required prenatal vitamins.

Lamotrigine Use During Pregnancy Not Associated With Birth Defects

Lamotrigine Use During Pregnancy Not Associated With Birth Defects

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Among infants exposed to the medication in utero, none had major or significant malformations.

Association of Migraine and PTSD In Pregnant Women

Association of Migraine and PTSD In Pregnant Women

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The findings suggest the importance of screening for posttraumatic stress disorder in this population.

Prolonged Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

Prolonged Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

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Previous research has shown a reduced risk for multiple sclerosis and relapse during pregnancy.

Antidepressants and Pregnancy: Evaluating Risk of Autism

Antidepressants and Pregnancy: Evaluating Risk of Autism

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Antidepressant use before conception was associated with a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders compared with antidepressant use during pregnancy.

Pregabalin Use in Pregnancy: What's the Risk?

Pregabalin Use in Pregnancy: What's the Risk?

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Previous research has suggested a link between early use of pregabalin in pregnancy and congenital malformations.

Stroke During, After Pregnancy Linked to Preeclampsia

Stroke During, After Pregnancy Linked to Preeclampsia

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Mortality among women with preeclampsia and pregnancy-associated stroke was significantly higher than in controls.

Maternal BMI May Affect Epilepsy Risk in Offspring

Maternal BMI May Affect Epilepsy Risk in Offspring

Women with higher body mass index were associated with children with a greater epilepsy incidence.

Valproate for Epilepsy Poses Greater Risk for Major Congenital Malformations

Valproate for Epilepsy Poses Greater Risk for Major Congenital Malformations

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Lamotrigine and carbamazepine may represent safer treatment alternatives for girls and women who are or who might become pregnant.

Cerebral Palsy in Full-Term Infants Linked to Maternal Obesity

Cerebral Palsy in Full-Term Infants Linked to Maternal Obesity

While their are other factors more strongly associated with risk of cerebral palsy, maternal obesity is modifiable and therefore should be studied further.

Risk of Zika Virus-Related Birth Defects in Pregnant Women

Risk of Zika Virus-Related Birth Defects in Pregnant Women

The CDC report only accounts for physical birth defects, as researchers note that the full scope of developmental defects has yet to be recorded.

Unintended Pregnancy in Epilepsy May Be Linked to Contraceptive, AED Combo

Unintended Pregnancy in Epilepsy May Be Linked to Contraceptive, AED Combo

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Patients taking enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs and hormonal contraceptives face a greater risk of unintended pregnancy.

Migraine Linked to Adverse Events in Pregnancy

Migraine Linked to Adverse Events in Pregnancy

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Migraine in pregnancy may warrant early referral to a neurologist and more intensive surveillance as a result of increased adverse birth events.

USPSTF: Benefits of Folic Acid in Pregnancy Still Substantial

USPSTF: Benefits of Folic Acid in Pregnancy Still Substantial

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The review found that there is substantial evidence that supports folic acid supplementation during pregnancy.

Poor Sleep Quality, Short Duration May Increase Risk of Gestational Diabetes

Poor Sleep Quality, Short Duration May Increase Risk of Gestational Diabetes

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Women who were pregnant and slept for less than 6 hours per night or had poor sleep quality had a greater risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Successive Pregnancies Not Associated With MS Relapse Rate

Successive Pregnancies Not Associated With MS Relapse Rate

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Among study participants, relapse rate actually decreased from the first to second pregnancy.

Hypertensive Pregnancy Disorder May Be Detrimental to Cognitive Function, Brain Volume

Hypertensive Pregnancy Disorder May Be Detrimental to Cognitive Function, Brain Volume

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Women who had high blood pressure while pregnant demonstrated later cognitive impairment and smaller brain volume compared with women who had normotensive pregnancies.

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