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February 2016

Obese Women and Higher Risk of Child with Autism

Wednesday, 2/17/2016

News Medical posted an article last month revealing some interesting facts about the higer risk of a child born with autism when the mother is obese.  The article revealed it is about 4 times more likely for a child to be diagnosed with autism than children who are born to healthy mothers without obesity or diabetes.  Women who also develop gestational diabetes are also at a higher risk to have their child become diagnosed with autism.  The link between obesity and diabetes in utero is unknown but raises a greater awareness for pre-pregnancy health.  For the full article click on the link

Understanding Postpartum Depression among African American Women

Wednesday, 2/17/2016

In honor of Black History month and our continued desire to reach women of all backgrounds, The Indianapolis Recorder posted an article last year on promoting a greater awareness about postpartum depression among the African American community as the exact percentage of women impacted by PPD is unknown.  What is known is 40% of African American women experience depression after giving birth.  There are many risk factors among this population that could lead to a greater risk of PPD as well as how it can also impact the baby.  The article offers great insight into the African American community and what can be done to treat this community.  Click on the link for the full article

New App Can Detect Pregnancy

Tuesday, 2/16/2016

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a new app that may soon replace traditional pregnancy wheels.  The Estimated Due Date app is an easy and useful tool for patients and healthcare providers.  This is the only app at this time that can reconcile discrepancies in due dates between the last missed menstrual period and first ultrasound. There is a built in logic that is the most accurate tool available for ob-gyns and even has a special feature that allowed redating based on ultrasonography. The app is free and can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play.  For more information visit the ACOG website and for the full article posted by MedScape click on the link


Pregnancy May Reduce PTSD in At-Risk Women

Tuesday, 2/16/2016

The University of Michigan Medical School and School of Nursing team conducted a study that reveals pregnancy may reduce PTSD symptoms in at-risk women.  However, while the study did show a decrease in symptoms, the study also found PTSD symptoms could become worse as the pregnancy progresses and could lead to inability to bond with the child and run a higher risk of postpartum depression.  "We hope our results give a message of hope that women who have a past diagnosis of PTSD aren't all headed for a worsening while they're pregnant, " says Maria Muzik, M.D., M.S., psychiatrist who led the study.  Muzik adds, "Preventing the worsening of symptoms could reduce their chance of post-birth illness, and protect their future child from the lasting ill effects that a mother's mental illness can have."  For the full article click on the link

ABC's "The View" discusses: Screening of PPD before or after pregnancy?

Tuesday, 2/9/2016

ABC's "The View" discussed on their Hot Topic segment on postpartum depression and whether women should be screened before or after pregnancy. Their guest speaker offered some great insight as she personally dealt with PPD. The other co-hosts offered some of their perspectives and how they too dealt with PPD.  Click on the link to view the segment

Researchers find no evidence that prenatal exposure to antidepressants increases risk for autism, ADHD

Tuesday, 2/9/2016

Recent findings from 3 Massachusetts health care systems have found there is no evidence of the increased risk in the diagnoses of autism or ADHD with prenatal consumption of antidepressants.  However, in previous cases described in a report in Transitional Psychiatry it is probable the correlation between the diagnosis of autism or ADHD is due to the mother’s severity of depression.  Although there was an increase in both autism and ADHD for those children whom their mothers’ were taking antidepressants prior to pregnancy, the likelihood of exposure during pregnancy does not increase the risks.  “The fact that we now have found, in two large case-control studies, no increase in the risk for autism with antidepressant use itself should be very reassuring,” Roy Perlis, MD, MSC, MGH Department of Psychiatry.  In essence there is a risk in taking any form of medication while pregnant and is best to consult with a clinician and remained informed to make the best possible decision.

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