ACOG in the News: Relieving the Misery of Morning Sickness and More US Women Plan on Having Kids

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for consumers 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.

NPR Home Remedies Can Help Relieve the Misery of Morning Sickness

There are other steps women can and should take at the first sign of nausea, says Dr. Laura Sirott, who was not involved in the study. Sirott is a practicing OB-GYN and the California chairman at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dietary changes can help, she says, like eating smaller meals more often, or avoiding foods that are spicy and have strong odors. Some women find eating something solid, like crackers, before having any liquids can help control nausea.


Politico Not your father's GOP: Ayotte campaigns hands out condoms

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has backed Murray's bill and opposed the GOP effort, arguing that the cost of birth control could go up substantially if it is not covered by insurers. 


FoxNews.com VBAC: What every pregnant woman needs to know

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is safe, but some physicians and even women themselves are not always in favor of it.


STAT News More US Women plan on having kids than a decade ago

"Having kids is not an inexpensive life decision," said Dr. Hal Lawrence, the executive vice president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "When people are concerned about the economy, they shy away from having children or more children."

 

Reuters Water soak fine for labor but not birth, doctors advise

For mothers, laboring in water may help ease pain, lower the need for anesthesia and potentially speed up the early, or first, stage of labor before the cervix is fully dilated and the baby is ready to emerge, according to new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). But women should get out of the water before the second stage, when it’s time to push. “No specific maternal or infant risks have been identified with first stage immersion,” said Dr. Joseph Wax, chairman of ACOG’s committee on obstetrics practice and an author of the guidelines.

 

The Washington Post Antiabortion activists face headwinds with Clinton leading and Trump stumbling on women's issues

"Statements like that do not reflect reality," said Diane Horvath-Casper, an obstetrician with Physicians for Reproductive Health. She said that if, in the third trimester — the time of pregnancy Trump was referring to — there is a medical complication or the fetus is not viable or dead, doctors typically induce labor, with the woman delivering vaginally. Depending on the circumstances, if a fetus is alive its heart can be stopped with a cardiac drug, she said. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, abortions in the second trimester typically use a procedure called dilation and evacuation, in which the fetus is removed with surgical instruments. 


MedPage Today Maternal Mortality Remains a Serious Problem

More efforts need to be made to reduce maternal mortality in the U.S., where the rate is increasing in contrast to most other countries, several speakers said at a briefing here sponsored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

In particular, available data show that maternal mortality is highest among minority populations, according to Barbara Levy, MD, ACOG's vice-president for health policy. "If you're an African American woman in some parts of this country, your maternal mortality rate with pregnancy is higher than it is in some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.


The New York Times CMV Is a Greater Threat to Infants Than Zika, but Far Less Often Discussed

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists used to encourage counseling for pregnant women on how to avoid CMV. But last year, the college reversed course, saying, “Patient instruction remains unproven as a method to reduce the risk of congenital CMV infection.” Some experts argue that because there is no vaccine or proven treatment, there is no point in worrying expecting women about the virus. Instead, Dr. Christopher Zahn, the vice president for practice at ACOG, said doctors must focus on conditions with proven interventions and let patients dictate the discussion. “There are so many topics to cover during pregnancy that this is often driven by what patients are most worried about,” he said.


TIME 5 Foods That Ease PMS Symptoms

Fatigue, acne, bloating, cravings, mood swings—sound painfully familiar? PMS can trigger a slew of physical and emotional symptoms a week or two before your period starts. And 85% of women experience at least one of those symptoms every month, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


Reuters Antidepressants in pregnancy tied to some health risks for children

In a 2009 joint report, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Psychiatric Association said depression and antidepressant medications during pregnancy are tied to negative consequences for newborns. The organizations say some women with mild-to-moderate depression can be treated with psychotherapy alone or with medication. Also, they say, there is a need for ongoing discussions during pregnancy between a woman’s psychiatrist and her obstetrician.


HealthDay DEET Repellents Safe in Pregnancy to Prevent Zika

"An infection during pregnancy with Zika can put babies at risk for death, birth defects including brain problems, poor growth, and hearing or eyesight loss," Wylie said. "Insect repellents are key to prevention." Typically, that means repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). The insecticide has been used since the 1950s and is available in more than 200 products. These repellents are "considered safe with few side effects if used properly," added Wylie, lead author of the new study. It's published in the November issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.


Medscape Delayed Pushing Increases Cesarean Risk

Women who waited an hour after full cervical dilation to begin pushing out their babies were nearly twice as likely to require a cesarean delivery as women who began pushing in the first 30 minutes, according to an analysis of 21,034 women in 25 hospitals across the United States, published online October 6 and in the November issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The women were also more likely to experience a longer second stage of labor, with more active pushing.

 

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