Navigation Links
Planning Pregnancy May Cut Birth Defects
Date:4/8/2012

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 6 (HealthDay News) -- Women who'd like to become pregnant -- especially those who are taking medications for chronic conditions -- may need to add something to their to-do list: Plan, plan, plan.

That's because some medications are known to cause birth defects. Avoiding all medications during pregnancy is not always possible, however, and sometimes not taking a prescribed medication could be harmful, too.

"The best thing for women to do, all women, is to plan their pregnancy," said Dr. Diane Ashton, deputy medical director for the March of Dimes. "Women should speak with their physician about their plans to become pregnant. If they have a condition that requires medication, that's an ideal time to switch to medications that have less risk, if necessary. And, it gives time for the condition to be stabilized."

About 120,000 babies born each year in the United States -- or about one of every 33 -- are born with a birth defect, something abnormal that occurs in a baby's development, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some are more cosmetic than dangerous, such as an extra toe, but others are serious and include heart defects and spina bifida. Birth defects are the leading cause of death in babies younger than 1 year, according to the National Birth Defects Prevention Network.

Most birth defects happen in the early stages of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows she's pregnant, according to the CDC.

That's why it's important for women who are using potentially dangerous medications -- such as retinoic acid treatments for acne -- to plan a pregnancy and, Ashton said, to use contraception while they're on those drugs.

Dr. Deborah Campbell, director of neonatology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, concurred.

"The most dangerous time is the first trimester, especially between weeks three an
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Senior citizens as co-researchers to improve urban planning
2. NYU study finds congestion pricing works best when partnered with land-use planning
3. Long-term effectiveness of new family planning method shown in study
4. Planning Ahead Can Reduce Back-to-School Stress
5. Family planning in conflict
6. 3-D printing technology from CT images may be used effectively for neurosurgical planning
7. Poor park planning drives kids indoors
8. Family planning programs have success in developing countries, but need to be expanded
9. Financial planning a key but neglected component of Alzheimers care, say researchers
10. With proper planning, selective rather than mass vaccination can provide immunity against flu
11. iCycleBeads: New iPhone application for planning and avoiding pregnancy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Planning Pregnancy May Cut Birth Defects
(Date:1/22/2015)... Deer Path of Huntley -- a BMA affordable assisted ... 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 13. , The community, ... adults with physical disabilities between the ages of 22 and 64. ... and sweetheart-themed karaoke. , For more information about the event or ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Va. (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Liberty University ... Counseling (M.A.) program from the Council for Accreditation ... program, part of Liberty’s Center for Counseling & Family ... founding dean of the university’s new School of Behavioral Sciences. ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... West Hollywood, California (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 The ... 22, 2015 at 10 a.m., to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of ... the United States. , “It’s been 42 years since the Roe ... to choose is still as present as ever,” said City of ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Chemo Duck Program is pleased to announce the release of the ... with cancer. The Chemo Duck App, available on iTunes for use ... to help children of all ages living with cancer adjust to ... entertained, educated and at ease while waiting for clinic visits or ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 23, 2015 VogueQueen is a seasoned and ... and many designers are thrilled to have it lead the ... its new collection of prom dresses for the global market. ... the strategic vision and he focuses on continuing the goal ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Deer Path of Huntley Affordable Assisted Living to Host Valentine's Day Happy Hour 2Health News:Liberty University's Resident Master’s Counseling Program Receives CACREP Accreditation 2Health News:Chemo Duck Launches First App Ever Created for Kids with Cancer 2Health News:Chemo Duck Launches First App Ever Created for Kids with Cancer 3Health News:VogueQueen Unveils New Designs of Prom Dresses for 2015 2
... Omnicell, Inc. (Nasdaq: OMCL ), a leading provider of system solutions ... 2009 to discuss Omnicell,s Third Quarter 2009 financial results. , ... conference call and webcast, When: October 22, ... Lipps, chairman, president and chief executive officer, ...
... calling on all Virginia restaurants and other workplaces to ... report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that concluded ... save lives. , (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO ) , The ... conclusive evidence that secondhand smoke causes heart disease and ...
... , NEW YORK, Oct. 16 It,s open enrollment ... healthcare and other benefits. Sometimes when a serious ... health or disability insurance. Here,s more on making ... battling a major illness. , Listen to this report ...
... SOS Assistance, Inc. today was awarded the contract to provide ... TRICARE Overseas Program. Since 1998, International SOS has supported TRICARE ... receive the highest quality care, no matter where their work ... Rico. , Under this new contract, which includes ...
... MILWAUKEE, Oct. 16 Delays in shipments from vaccine ... Wisconsin to suspend its seasonal flu vaccination clinics throughout ... , The Shoo the Flu & Pneumonia Too! ... The clinics will resume as soon as additional ...
... ... ... than 30 pediatric experts from Children’s National Medical Center will be presenting at ... – 19 in Washington. , , , , ,Children’s pediatric specialists will be discussing many ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Omnicell to Release Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Results on October 22 2Health News:Virginia Restaurants Urged to Go Completely Smoke-Free After Major Report Finds Smoke-Free Laws Prevent Heart Attacks 2Health News:Virginia Restaurants Urged to Go Completely Smoke-Free After Major Report Finds Smoke-Free Laws Prevent Heart Attacks 3Health News:International SOS Awarded TRICARE Overseas Program Contract 2Health News:Delays in Vaccine Shipments Will Force Suspension of Shoo the Flu Clinics 2Health News:Children's National Experts Presenting at American Academy of Pediatrics Conference, 2
(Date:1/23/2015)... MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. , Jan. 23, 2015 ... immunotherapy company commercializing its CytoSorb® extracorporeal cytokine adsorber ... surgery patients, announced the receipt of $385,642, net ... approved participant of the Technology Business Tax Certificate ...
(Date:1/23/2015)... LONDON and BOSTON , January ... structure-guided drug discovery and development company, is delighted to announce ... has been awarded to Miles Congreve (Vice President ... co-founder) and Malcolm Weir (Chief Executive Officer and ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015  BiOptix is pleased to announce the appointment ... of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Scott joins the company after previous ... Amgen throughout the course of his nearly 20 year ... is a nationally recognized thought leader in the biosensor ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:CytoSorbents Receives $385,000 in Non-Dilutive Funding from the New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program 2CytoSorbents Receives $385,000 in Non-Dilutive Funding from the New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program 3Heptares Scientists to Receive the Malcolm Campbell Memorial Prize for 2015 in Recognition of Their Outstanding Contribution to GPCR Drug Discovery 2Heptares Scientists to Receive the Malcolm Campbell Memorial Prize for 2015 in Recognition of Their Outstanding Contribution to GPCR Drug Discovery 3Heptares Scientists to Receive the Malcolm Campbell Memorial Prize for 2015 in Recognition of Their Outstanding Contribution to GPCR Drug Discovery 4BiOptix Expands Leadership Team with the Appointment of Dr. Scott Klakamp as Vice President of Chemistry and Biochemistry 2
... Traditionally, when choosing a non-contact diagnostic lens, ... wide field of view and high magnification. ... introduced by Volk Optical, doctors can have both ... widest field of view available in a non-contact ...
... is a 3.0mm single loaded suture anchor ... anchor barb catches on the cancellous bone ... "breaks" free. The small size is perfect ... used in rotator cuff repair where single ...
... Tac™ implantThe USS Sports Medicine™ E-Z Tac implant ... soft tissue to bone. The resorbable repair device ... bone and is used to reattach damaged soft ... a resorbable copolymer, a polyester derivative of lactic ...
... Soft Tissue Anchor 2 mm is a resorbable ... bone using sutures. The resorbable repair device is ... and is used to reattach damaged soft tissue. ... copolymer, derived from glycolide and lactide colored with ...
Medicine Products: