Morning sickness in pregnancy? There’s an app for that
It’s no one’s favorite part of pregnancy. Rather, morning sickness is often seen as a rite of passage for the more than 3.4 million women who struggle with it. The Managing NVP (nausea and vomiting of pregnancy) app offers information, nutrition and lifestyle tips, and other tools designed to help manage morning sickness. Use the app to track symptoms and notes to discuss with your care providers, who can then monitor the severity of the symptoms. Download the app in iTunes or Google Play stores, or visit www.wellmomapp.com.
IVF resulting in fewer multiples, healthier pregnancies
If you’ve shied away from in vitro fertilization (IVF) out of fear of having twins or triplets, or you might have heard that there could be complications, there’s good news. The latest IVF is resulting in healthier pregnancies and babies, thanks to new technologies in reproductive medicine, says Elena Trukhacheva MD, MSCI, medical director of Chicago’s Reproductive Medicine Institute. More and more often, IVF is being combined with single embryo transfers (SET) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), which make it possible to control the number of healthy embryos that are implanted, researchers say.
Flu vaccines safeguard pregnant women, their infants
Here’s just one more reason to get your flu shot: Babies born to women who receive the flu vaccine during pregnancy are much less likely to have flu-like illnesses, say experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics. In a study of more than 249,000 infants, researchers reported a 70 percent risk reduction in confirmed cases of the flu. Incidentally, 97 percent of all confirmed cases of the flu occurred in infants born to women who did not report getting the flu vaccine while pregnant.
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