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News and Research
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in pregnancy can cause permanent hearing loss and developmental disabilities in children. Read the documents listed below to see who is at risk and how to protect your unborn baby. For more information, please visit the CMV Public Health Initiative page.
- Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy and Treatment with Zofran (ondansetron)
- Baby Your Baby KUTV2 News Video about medications and strategies for morning sickness.
- There has been some controversy about the risks of using Zofran for nausea in pregnancy.
- While some research reports have suggested an increase in the risks of cleft palate and heart defects, those risk have not been supported across all the research reports.
- Every pregnancy has about a 3% risk of a major birth defect and at this time we don't expect Zofran to increase that risk.
- Clefts and heart defects are common and nausea is common, so they may be happening together by random chance.
- Future research reports will be evaluated to determine if there are any increased risks.
- If moms are still concerned or doctors don't want to prescribe Zofran, there are other medications for nausea.
- Some women with mild nausea use over-the-counter medications such as a combination of B-6 and Unisom (doxylamine). The prescription version is called Diclegis.
- Other over-the-counter medications include Ginger and Antivert (meclizine).
- Other prescription-strength medications include Phenergan (promethazine).
- The best one to use will depend on how severe the symptoms are and which one works best for each mom.
- If moms don't want to take any medications for severe nausea and vomiting, there can be risks from dehydration and poor nutrition.
- Women should talk to their provider about their symptoms and treatment options.
- Women who need help before they can get into an appointment with their provider can call the Motherisk.org helpline at 1-800-436-8477.
- Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP) Fact Sheet
- Women's Heart Health
- Nurse Al talks about heart conditions in pregnancy on the KUTV 2 Baby Your Baby news segment.
- February is Heart Health month and we want to remind women to take care of their own hearts and watch for any symptoms of heart disease.
- Some symptoms of a heart attack include:
- heavy pressure on the chest
- neck, back, jaw, left arm pain
- shortness of breath
- cold sweats
- If you start having these symptoms, call 911 for immediate treatment.
- Eating healthy, exercising, and getting regular checkups will help reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Women in pregnancy often have pain, nausea, and dizziness as their bodies change. Let your provider know these symptoms so they can find out if they are part of pregnancy or heart problems.
- If you are taking medications for heart conditions, talk to your provider before you get pregnant about any risks from the medications and from the heart condition itself.
- Women with heart disease should have a plan before pregnancy. While most medications are not a problem in pregnancy or breastfeeding, call MotherToBaby to get more information about your heart medications. Pregnant women who take care of their health improve the chances of having a healthy baby. Some heart medications cause risks during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Risks to the baby have to be weighed against the risks to the mom when considering medications for treating heart conditions. Find out more from experts at MotherToBaby at 866-626-6847 (North America) or MotherToBaby Utah 801-328-2229 (Utah).
- Read more about women's heart health from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institue.
- See the Cardiovascular Disease Fact Sheet from the Utah Department of Health.
- Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Get checkups. Know the symptoms. Exercise & eat healthy.
- Maternal Depression in Pregnancy
- Nurse Al talks about maternal depression during pregnancy on the KUTV 2 Baby Your Baby news segment.
- Nurse Dani recently talked about the symptoms of maternal depression and how many moms are affected.
- Untreated maternal depression can adversely affect the pregnancy and increase the risk for miscarriage, low birth weight, small-for-gestational age, hypertension, and increased depressive symptoms.
- Untreated maternal depression can adversely affect the newborn and increase the risk for poor bonding, poor feeding, and developmental delays.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should talk to their doctor before changing or stopping any prescriptions. Most antidepressants can be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians screen moms for depression at well-child visits. American Academy of Pediatrics: Incorporating Recognition and Management of Perinatal and Postpartum Depression into Pediatric Practice
- The free Baby Your Baby Health Keepsake and Newsletters have details about milestones and child behaviors that can help parents keep their children on track to do their best when they reach school age.
- Since your new baby was born, how often have you felt down, depressed or hopeless?
Since your new baby was born, how often have you had little interest or pleasure in doing things?
If you answer Always or Often to either of the two questions, talk with your health care provider about how you are feeling.
- Postpartum Depression Flier (web version), (print version)
- MotherToBaby Fact Sheets on Depression and Pregnancy and medications used to treat depression.
- Medical Home Portal: Maternal Depression Screening
- Abstaining From Alcohol During Pregnancy Still The Best Choice For Baby
- Air Quality in Pregnancy
- Based on current research, poor air quality is not expected to increase the risk of birth defects or other poor pregnancy outcomes.
- Based on current research, poor air quality is not expected to increase the risk of developmental delays or autism.
- Stress, such as working more than 40 hours a week or working at a physically demanding job, may pose a greater risk for preterm births than poor air quality.
- During poor air quality days, pregnant and breastfeeding moms are encouraged to reduce outdoor exercise time and avoid exercising near high-traffic roads.
- Leave a smaller carbon footprint for pregnant moms and babies by driving less, walking more, and using mass-transportation options.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should talk to their primary care provider if they have continued or recurring coughing, wheezing or eye, nose, or throat irritation on poor air quality days.
- Utah Asthma Program
- Environmental Epidemiology Program
- Division of Air Quality
- Air Pollution and Public Health in Utah, Utah Department of Heatlh
- DeBary Newborn Abandoment Brings Attention To Safe Haven Law, Online News, December 18, 2013
- Mother of abandoned newborn won't face charges, Online News, December 17, 2013
- Utah Newborn Safe Haven: Website, Facebook, and Twitter
- Utah Newborn Safe Haven reminds people about "baby drop-off" law.
- Utah's Newborn Safe Haven law, sponsored by Rep. Patrice Arent, allows newborns to be dropped off at 24 hour hospitals in Utah, no questions asked, no police.
- Babies are saved every year thanks to the Utah Newborn Safe Haven law.
- Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy 'Still Major Concern' 40 Years after FAS Discovery. Press release and video from MotherToBaby about the continued high rate of alcohol use and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and related Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). There is no known safe level of alcohol use and FASD is 100% preventable.
- Utah Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Activities 2013
- Partner FASD Awareness Activities 2013
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FASD Resources
- Utah Safe Haven Law: Alternative to Abandonment: KUTV 2 news story and video about the Utah Newborn Safe Haven law. The law provides a safe place for newborns at any 24/7 hospital. Moms can leave the newborn anonymously and no questions will be asked.
- MotherToBaby UT: KUTV 2 news story and video about the telephone service offered to pregnant and breastfeeding women with questions about medications and other exposures.
- Morning Sickness And Nausea (news story and video): If you are having morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting in pregnancy, ask you doctor about medictions that can offer relief. Proper nutrition is important for a healthy pregnancy. The Motherisk program in Canada has a Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Helpline at 1-800-436-8477.
- Risk Line Offers Answers For Pregnant Women (news story and video): The Pregnancy Risk Line can answer questions about medications and other exposures in pregnancy and breastfeeding. We use the latest research and apply it to your specific situation. There are many websites with inaccurate or incomplete information. Call us for the best unformation at 801-328-2229 or the national MotherToBaby line at 866-626-6847.
- Dog … A Baby's Best Friend?, UDOH Press Release June 14, 2012
- Pregnancy Risk Line is partnering with the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Campaign to help parents learn about healthy development and track developmental miletones. See the website for checklists and news stories.
- Dad's Health Can Affect His Fertility
- Pregnancy Risk Line offers Postpartum Depression Flier
- Moms Need Immunizations
The Utah Department of Health reminds moms to make sure they are up to date on vaccines.
- Alcohol in Pregnancy Warning Signs to Go Up Early
The Utah Department of Health partnered with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) to revise the existing alcohol warning signs in locations where alcohol is served. The signs warn women to not drink alcohol when pregnant to avoid the risks of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
- Communication Between Health Care Providers and At-risk Mothers: Perceptions and Practices
A study by the Utah Department of Health and Utah State University to explore knowledge, attitudes and opinions regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use during pregnancy. January 20, 2011.
- For outreach materials for families about alcohol and other drugs, see the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs of Abuse Brochure (English); the Alcohol Advisory Card (English); and the Alcohol Advisory Card (Spanish).
- Medication Use During Pregnancy
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and this press release has information about medication use during pregnancy, risks for birth defects, and who to call if pregnant women or health care providers have questions. January 6, 2011.
- Pregnancy Dangers Lurk at Holiday Parties
Press information about foods and drinks to avoid during pregnancy. See the news release from the Utah Department of Health. Read the news story or watch the video from Fox 13 News. December 2, 2010.
- Press information in response to "Light drinking during pregnancy..." research study
The Pregnancy Risk Line distributed this press release in response to a recent research article about alcohol use during pregnancy. For more information, see the links below. November 1, 2010
- Buckle Up When Pregnant
This video discusses the importance of wearing a seatbelt correctly wehn you are pregnant. August 24, 2010.
- In 2006, Shurtleff, daughter talked of suicide struggles
Read about a father and daughter as they struggled to deal with the daughter's suicidal thoughts and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. November 4, 2009.
Influenza Fact Sheets and Resources
This sections contains facts sheets and other resources about the flu. Check back for new resources.
- Antiviral Medications to Treat/Prevent H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Women
This sheet talks about the risks of exposure to antiviral medications to treat or prevent influenza during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
- Flu Can Harm You and Your Baby (en Español)
This poster from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds pregnant women to get the flu vaccines to protect themselves and their babies. It also gives the Flu.Gov website and CDC telephone number. Available to download, print, and post in your office or clinic.
- Influenza Updates
This newsletter from the Utah Immunization Program provides the latest information about the flu including recommendations for health care personnel, surveillance information in Utah, and frequently asked questions.
- Flu Vaccine Locator
The Utah Department of Health provides this web-based tool to help you find flu shots in cities and across Utah.
The U.S. Govenment (White House, Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies) provides information about the flu including links to help you find flu shots in all states.
- Flu Story: A Pregnant Woman's Ordeal
Read this article from The New York Times about a Florida woman's experience with the flu. She wants to tell people "how dangerous it can be" for pregnant women. October 19, 2009
MotherToBaby (and OTIS) Fact Sheets
The experts behind MotherToBaby have created fact sheets that answer frequently asked questions about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding. MotherToBaby Fact Sheets are available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free. To view or download Fact Sheets, go to: https://www.mothertobaby.org/
Other Fact Sheets
Resources and Links
- Baby Your Baby
Provides resources for parents and thier children, including financial help during pregnancy; information abour preparing for pregnancy; and information about caring for your young child.
- "Learn the Signs. Act Early."
Checklists, brochures, booklets and more to help parents of infants and young children learn about healthy development and track developmental milestones.
- Medical Home Portal
Provides information for families and professionals including events, local resoruces, and information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists is a non-profit organization made up of individual services (TIS) (like the Pregnancy Risk Line) throughout North America. Find a service in your area, check out fact sheets, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
- Power Your Life, Power Your Health
Provides resources and information about health for women in their childbearing years.
- Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition
Provides speakers for events for families and professionals; resources for families; and information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. September 9th (9/9/2010) is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. Show your support by making a pledge to be alcohol-free during your pregnancy or go to one of the local events.
- Utah Newborn Safe Haven
Utah state law provides a secret, safe haven for your newborn. See the video that describes the law along with TV commericals in .wmv format or .mp4 format or .mov format.
- Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Provides food for breastfeeding moms and their children. They have a video in English and Spanish about taking folic acid (ácido fólico) to prevent birth defects.
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