US Docs at Double the Risk of Postpartum Depression

One in four new mothers who are physicians report experiencing postpartum depression, a rate twice that of the general population, according to new survey findings presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 2022 Annual Meeting. The survey results weren’t all grim. More than three fourths (78%) of new mothers reported meeting their … Read more

No More Autopilot Opioids After Cesarean Delivery

A group of clinicians is hoping to prompt a rethink of how opioids are prescribed to new mothers after cesarean deliveries after finding that sending patients home with smaller prescriptions led to dramatic drops in use of the drugs. In research scheduled to be presented Saturday at the 2022 annual meeting of the American College … Read more

Heart Rate Variability May Aid Objective Diagnosis of PTSD

Heart rate variability (HRV), as assessed during a deep breathing test, may lead to improved diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry. It is estimated that between 8% and 15% of clinically recognized pregnancies and up to 30% of all pregnancies result in miscarriage — a loss … Read more

Cannabis Exposure in Pregnancy Linked With Childhood Obesity

There is a link between cannabis exposure in during pregnancy and higher fasting glucose levels and adiposity in the offspring in early childhood, a new study suggests. Research looking at the effect of prenatal exposure to cannabis on offspring is growing. It is known to affect childhood cognition and behavior; However, there is little work … Read more

First Guidelines for Managing Anorexia in Pregnancy

The first comprehensive guidelines to manage pregnant women with anorexia nervosa (AN) have been released. Pregnant women with AN are at greater risk of poor outcomes including stillbirth, underweight infant, or pre-term birth, yet there are no clear guidelines on the management of the condition. “Anorexia in pregnancy has been overlooked area of ​​clinical care … Read more

Knowns and Unknowns About SSRI Use During Pregnancy in 2022

The last 15-20 years have brought enormous attention to the relevant clinical issues regarding prescribing antidepressants during pregnancy. Concern about the effects of fetal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is appropriate given the consistent data that approximately 7% of women use antidepressants during pregnancy, and that risk for relapse of depression during pregnancy … Read more

Stress and Infertility — Is It a Proven Cause and Effect?

“Just relax, stop thinking about it and, more than likely, it will happen.” If ever there was a controversial subject in medicine, especially in reproduction, the relationship between stress and infertility would be high on the list. Who among us has not overheard or even personally shared with an infertility patient that they should try … Read more