So much to read, so little time. Here are some stories you may have missed:
New Apple watch features fertility tracker, but it may not be a way to avoid pregnancy
No good news on COVID and pregnancy outcomes
However, preliminary studies suggest some antiviral agents, including Paxlovid, are safe in pregnancy
Cannabis use during pregnancy is up, despite studies showing worse pregnancy outcomes
Cannabis also being used more commonly for menopausal symtpoms
The Series 8 Apple Watch will feature a temperature sensor that can help keep track of ovulation and other health data. (CNBC)
However, the Apple Watch’s fertility tracking feature may not be the best form of birth control. (The Verge)
After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, medical care for pregnant women with cancer has become far more complicated in certain states. (New York Times)
Concerned over what the Supreme Court might overturn next, the House passed a bill protecting access to birth control. (Axios)
Acupuncture may help to relieve low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
How long to wait after miscarriage? No increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes in pregnancies conceived within 3 months vs. 6 to 11 months after miscarriage or abortion. (PLOS Medicine).
Among women with a previous cesarean section, those who underwent vaginal delivery after cesarean (VBAC) were more likely to need pelvic floor surgery (PLOS Medicine).
Infants born to mothers vaccinated against influenza were less likely to be hospitalized for influenza than those born to unvaccinated mothers.
Does consumption of caffeine during pregnancy impact children’s growth?
PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH
Pregnant women with mental health issues, substance use disorder, or who are victims of intimate partner violence were more likely to die by suicide or homicide. (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
CANNABIS AND PREGNANCY
Prenatal cannabis exposure increases the risk of certain pregnancy complications
Use of cannabis during pregnancy was more common among those living in areas with greater retail availability (JAMA Network Open).
Pregnant women seek information about cannabis on the internet, most concerns are related to involvement of child protective services. (Forbes)
PREGNANCY AND COVID-19
COVID-19 played a role in 25% of maternal deaths in 2020-2021, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.
Nirmatrelvir and ritonavir (Paxlovid) appeared to be safe in pregnant patients with COVID, a case series showed. (JAMA Network Open)
COVID infection during the third trimester increases risk of preterm birth
SUDDEN INFANT DEATH
Researchers have found a blood biomarker that may help to identify babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). (CNN)
The length of menstrual cycles during reproductive years may predict the severity of menopause symptoms (Menopause)
Many midlife women are using medical marijuana to treat menopausal symptoms
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