The term "umbilicord accident" refers to a problem with the umblical cord which could harm the baby. Sometimes the cord wraps around the baby's neck. This article talks about a study which looked at some risk factors. Read more:
From the article:
While the majority of medical doctors continue to believe that it is impossible to predict or manage cord problems prenatally, the results of a ten-year long study by a Louisiana-based researcher and obstetrician challenge the conventional wisdom.
Dr Jason Collins of the Pregnancy Institute studied over 1000 pregnancies in an attempt to gather as much information as possible about umbilical cord accidents. By using ultrasounds and external fetal monitors, he was able to determine that cords around the neck that are formed when the fetus slips its head through a loop in the cord are more likely to result in injury or death than ones that are formed when the cord crosses over itself. He also discovered that pregnancies in which the placenta is situated to the posterior are more susceptible to cord accidents than ones in which the placenta is located elsewhere; and that more than three episodes of fetal hiccupping per day in late pregnancy may be indicative of a disruption in cord flow to the baby.
His most dramatic finding, however, concerned the timing of umbilical cord accidents. After interviewing more than fifty women who had experienced such accidents, Collins concluded that pregnant women are at greatest risk of experiencing a cord accident when they are sleeping and their blood pressure is at its lowest.
Collins believes that the careful monitoring of pregnant women in an effort to avoid cord accidents is "a missing piece that should be a part of prenatal care" and that the strategic use of ultrasound technology and fetal monitoring equipment could enable doctors to dramatically reduce the incidence of cord accidents.
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Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Could Cause Problems In Pregnancy and Increase Miscarriage RiskMy favorite pain medication has always been ibuprofen (especially for menstrual cramps).
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However, since early pregnancy symptoms may include mild cramping, I never took any pain medication until I knew I had actually started my period and was not pregnant. This article discusses the danger in taking anti-inflammatory drugs:
From the article:
Women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or aspirin during pregnancy increase their risk of miscarriage by 80 per cent, finds a study in this week’s BMJ. Researchers in California interviewed 1,055 pregnant women immediately after their pregnancy was confirmed. They asked the women about their drug use since they became pregnant, their reproductive history, known or potential risk factors for miscarriage, and sociodemographic characteristics. They found that use of NSAIDs during pregnancy increased the risk of miscarriage by 80%. From British Medical Journal:
Taking painkillers during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage
Exposure to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during pregnancy and risk of miscarriage: population based cohort study BMJ Volume 327, pp 368-71
Women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or aspirin during pregnancy increase their risk of miscarriage by 80 per cent, finds a study in this week’s BMJ.
Researchers in California interviewed 1,055 pregnant women immediately after their pregnancy was confirmed. They asked the women about their drug use since they became pregnant, their reproductive history, known or potential risk factors for miscarriage, and sociodemographic characteristics.
They found that use of NSAIDs during pregnancy increased the risk of miscarriage by 80%. The risk was much higher when NSAIDs were taken around conception or were used for longer than a week. Taking account of other factors, including drinking alcohol or coffee, did not change the results.
Aspirin was similarly associated with an increased risk of miscarriage but paracetamol was not, regardless of timing and duration of use.
All three drugs work by suppressing the production of prostaglandins (fatty acids needed for successful implantation of an embryo in the womb). Because NSAIDs and aspirin act on the whole body, they could lead to abnormal implantation that predisposes an embryo to miscarriage. In contrast, paracetamol acts only in the central nervous system, which may explain why it has no effect on risk of miscarriage, explain the authors.
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