ACOG in the News: Yoga Poses Safe During Pregnancy, Doctors Urge Pregnant Women to Exercise, and Considering Menses as a Vital Sign in Adolescents

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.

Associated Press AMA: Pot use in pregnancy may pose risks, warnings needed

There are similar warnings for alcohol and tobacco, "so why not do the same thing with marijuana since it is the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy," said Dr. Diana Ramos, a Los Angeles physician with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which proposed the warnings at an AMA policy-making meeting in Atlanta.

What to Expect What You Need to Know About the Nausea & Vomiting Drug Zofran

"Of course we try and avoid all medications during pregnancy,” said Dr. Nathaniel DeNicola, an obstetrician-gynecologist at University of Pennsylvania Health System and an expert from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “But when morning sickness is so bad that it makes it difficult for women to take in calories or basic hydration, then we might consider it."

NPR Say Yes To Down Dog: More Yoga Poses Are Safe During Pregnancy

"I wasn't able to find any evidence-based studies" to answer this question, says Dr. Rachael Polis, who practices gynecology at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky. So she and a group of collaborators decided to conduct their own study. Their findings have just been published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Medscape Stillbirth Rates Remain Steady Despite 39-Week Rule

Two studies published in Obstetrics and Gynecology find no correlation between efforts to limit nonmedically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks and the number of stillbirths.

NBC News Get Some Exercise, Doctors Tell Pregnant Women

Running, jogging, Pilates and yoga are all fine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said in a note to doctors. And a woman's gynecologist or obstetrician needs to encourage her to exercise, because too many U.S. women are obese, the group said.

"Maintaining a healthy weight is important to overall health at all times, but it becomes a vital sign when a woman is pregnant or planning a pregnancy," said Dr. Patrick Catalano, a Cleveland-based Ob-gyn who helped work up the guidelines.

Ob.Gyn. News ACOG: Think of menses as a vital sign in adolescents

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists wants physicians who treat adolescent girls to consider a new vital sign: menstruation.

New York Times States Lead Effort to Let Pharmacists Prescribe Birth Control

Reproductive health groups and medical associations increasingly say the ultimate goal should be to make contraceptives available without a prescription, and some worry that the push for pharmacist-prescribed contraceptives could thwart that. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is one of the few groups to express opposition to these laws, arguing that hormonal contraceptives should be available solely over the counter.

“My basic tenet is there should be nobody between the patient and the pill,” said Dr. Mark DeFrancesco, the president of the organization. “I’m afraid we’re going to create a new model that becomes a barrier between that and over the counter. I worry that it’s going to derail the over-the-counter movement.”

USA Today More babies being born with syphilis, which can be prevented with prenatal care

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all pregnant women get blood tests for syphilis and chlamydia, which may not cause obvious symptoms. The group recommends testing pregnant women for gonorrhea if they have risk factors for the disease, such as being age 25 or younger or living in an area where the disease is common.

Kevin Ault, a physician and spokesman for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, called the lack of adequate screening and care "very concerning."

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