Pregnant or breastfeeding women routinely use medication for everything from the common cold to epilepsy.
Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the United States. Yet physicians can have remarkably limited data about treating mothers’ health conditions during pregnancy.
A condition that causes newborns of substance-addicted mothers to experience withdrawal symptoms is on the rise. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) tripled between 1999 and 2013 in 23 states. In three states – West Virginia, Maine and Vermont – the condition now affects more than 30 infants per 1,000 births. Policymakers have proposed several solutions to address not only NAS but also opioid and heroin abuse, which are common contributors to the condition.
Sensationalized media accounts have misconstrued the facts on pregnancy and fish consumption, explains a new Fast Facts health bulletin from the National Coalition for Infant Health.
Many pregnant women embrace eating habits that protect and benefit their unborn babies. But their choices can become complicated when claims from unscientific sources clash with regulatory agencies’ clear, established nutrition guidance.
A recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is bringing new attention to postpartum depression and its treatment.