ACOG in the News: Breastfeeding's Heart Benefits, ACOG Warns Against First-Trimester Preeclampsia Screening, Miscarriages, and Intestinal Chaos During Your Period

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for women and the media. The organization’s Office of Communications regularly receives media inquiries from newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, and TV broadcast outlets. In many cases, ACOG officers and members talk with the media, working with the Office of Communications. Here are several recent articles that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles.

TODAY Women applaud Facebook founder's call to be more open about miscarriages

Miscarriage, or the loss of a pregnancy by 20 weeks, occurs in about 15 percent of known pregnancies, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They are often due to genetic problems.

survey published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology last month by Williams and others found that a majority of people thought that miscarriage is rare, when it is the most common pregnancy complication, Williams said. Among women who had a miscarriage, the survey found that a majority felt less alone when they knew that a friend or celebrity also had one.

 

New York Magazine—The Cut How Misconceptions Over Miscarriages Cause Needless Guilt

Much of that self-blame is likely driven by misinformation — and according to a national survey of 1,084 men and women published in Obstetrics & Gynecology this spring (and which Science of Us covered a few months back), many people are very misinformed about miscarriages. For one, 55 percent of survey respondents believed that pregnancy loss is relatively rare, occurring in just 6 percent of all pregnancies; in reality, up to 20 percent of recognized pregnancies end in a miscarriage.

 

Redbook 7 Things Every Couple Should Know About Miscarriages

"Most miscarriages are caused by a random event in which the embryo receives an abnormal number of chromosomes," says ACOG. "Sperm and egg cells each have 23 chromosomes. During fertilization...the two sets of chromosomes come together. An embyro with an abnormal number of chromosomes often cannot grow or survive."

 

US News and World Report 12 Little-Known Things That Happen to Your Body After Giving Birth

During pregnancy, many women develop stretch marks on their bellies, behinds, breasts and thighs, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. And while stretch marks may fade after childbirth, they may never go away. 

 

New York Times—Well Blog Breast-Feeding’s Heart Benefits

Breast-feeding has many benefits. Now a new study found it may reduce a woman’s risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.

Researchers recorded pre-pregnancy cardiovascular risk factors in 846 women starting in 1985. Then, 20 years later, they used ultrasound to measure the thickness of women's carotid arteries — an indication of the extent of atherosclerosis, a risk factor for heart disease. The study is in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

 

US News and World Report For Pregnant Military Wives, Risks Rise if Partner Deployed

"As military physicians, we can't tell commanders and we can't tell Congress not to deploy soldiers," he said. "That's why it's on us as military physicians to find some other strategies to ensure that even when these soldiers are deployed, we're still doing our best for their families."

The study is published in the September issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

 

Medscape ACOG Warns Against First-Trimester Preeclampsia Screening

First-trimester screening tests for preeclampsia have low positive predictive value, and there are no data demonstrating that they lead to improved outcomes, according to a committee opinion published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The opinion appears in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

"Taking a detailed medical history to evaluate for risk factors is currently the best and only recommended screening approach for preeclampsia; it should remain the method of screening for preeclampsia until studies show that aspirin or other interventions reduce the incidence of preeclampsia for women at high risk based on first-trimester predictive tests," the committee writes.

New York Magazine-—The Cut What is This Intestinal Chaos During my Period?

Let’s talk about what happens before your period. Levels of the hormone progesterone peak around the midpoint of your cycle and fall sharply afterward. The hormone affects the functioning of smooth muscle, which is found in hollow internal organs like the intestines and uterus, says Scott Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and the director of maternal-fetal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. 

Remember that the bleeding part of your period is the lining of your uterus sloughing off. That lining has been accumulating more and more inflammatory building blocks, so that by days 26 to 28 of the cycle, women feel swollen and sore, says Dr. Sullivan, who also serves on the ethics committee of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists



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