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February 12, 2015
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Fertility Procedure Rated Safe

CHICAGO (AP) - Complications are uncommon for women undergoing in vitro fertilization: A new 12-year U.S. study shows the most frequent involve drugs used to stimulate ovaries, but it suggests problems are rarely fatal.

Over-stimulated ovaries occurred in 154 out of every 10,000 pregnancy attempts; rates of other complications were less than 10 per 10,000 attempts. There were 58 deaths reported during the 2000-11 study. The study lacks information on their causes, and with more than 1 million pregnancy attempts involved, the results are reassuring, said Dr. Jennifer Kawwass, an Emory University assistant professor and the lead author.

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The study is the first large-scale effort to quantify risks for U.S. patients undergoing these treatments, Kawwass said. Results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in January.

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Avoiding Birth Defects

A baby with a birth defect is born every 4 1/2 minutes in the U.S., and a drug-addicted baby is born every hour. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to increase the chances of having a healthy baby:

Get 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, starting at least one month before getting pregnant.

Don't drink alcohol, smoke or use "street" drugs. Also, abuse of prescription medications is the reason more and more babies are born addicted, already suffering withdrawal symptoms.

Talk to a healthcare provider about taking any medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary or herbal supplements. Also talk to a doctor before stopping any medications that are needed to treat health conditions.

Learn how to prevent infections during pregnancy.

If possible, be sure any medical conditions are under control, before becoming pregnant. Some conditions that increase the risk for birth defects include diabetes and obesity.

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'Sound Off?

It stands to reason that the generation who grew up with Facebook and perfected the art of the selfie would make snapping prenatal fetus pix a routine part of pregnancy. But the extra doses of ultrasound energy required to get the perfect shot might not be safe. In fact, some industry leaders have come out against the non-medically necessary ultrasounds because of the potential harm. Some parents are opting out of ultrasounds altogether.

For more information, see "Prenatal Portraits: Darling or Dangerous" at www.webmd.com/baby/features/prenatal-portraits-darling-dangerous.

 
 

 

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