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Asthma Increases Risk for Complications
An extensive review of pregnancies over the course of more than three decades shows that women with poorly managed asthma are at an increased risk of having a low-birth weight baby, a premature baby and other pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia. The new study was recently published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
“We advise that women on regular medications for asthma or having frequent symptoms be monitored at least monthly during the course of their pregnancies. This is particularly important for women whose asthma is not currently in good control,” said Dee Quinn, MS, CGC, director of the Arizona Pregnancy Riskline.
UA Experts List Top Preventable Birth Defects
Experts at the Arizona Pregnancy Riskline, a public service program based at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy that aims to educate women about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, report some 160,000 babies are still being affected by birth defects each year in the U.S. In honor of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, which is recognized during January each year, Arizona Pregnancy Riskline counselors are stepping up efforts to help educate the public, and have compiled a list of a few of the preventable causes of some of the most common birth defects. More
New Study Examines Safety of Meningitis Vaccine During Pregnancy
The Arizona Pregnancy Riskline announces a new national study to assess the safety of receiving the meningitis vaccine during pregnancy. The launch of the study coincides with World Meningitis Day on Sunday, April 24, 2011. The study will be ongoing through 2015. The national Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), a parent group to the Arizona Pregnancy Riskline, is conducting the observational research. Pregnant women who are interested in participating can opt to Share Their Pregnancy or call OTIS Studies at 877-311-8972. More