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High Blood Glucose Levels in Early Pregnancy May Deprive Embryo of Oxygen and Lead to Birth Defects

Because the heart and spinal cord form during the first few weeks of pregnancy, week that a woman learns about her pregnancy, aggressive control of blood glucose levels just before and after conception is critical.

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Task Force Recommends HIV Screening for All Pregnant Women

Tests accurately identify pregnant women who are HIV infected and recommended treatments reduce the chances that an infected mother will transmit HIV to her infant.Pregnancy and HIV Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a new recommendation calling for all pregnant women, not just those identified as at risk for contracting HIV, to be screened for the infection.

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Physicians Recommend Screening for Toxoplasmosis for All Pregnant Women, Newborns Become Standard Medical Practice

More than half of the pregnant women who were at risk for acute infection with Toxoplasma gondii could not be identified by history or routine examination. Therefore, the physicians recommend that systematic screening for acute acquired toxoplasmosis for all pregnant women.

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Listeriosis and Pregnancy: What is Your Risk?

Listeriosis can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn babies. Hormonal changes during pregnancy have an effect on the mother's immune system that lead to an increased susceptibility to listeriosis in the mother. About 1/3 of listeriosis cases happen during pregnancy.

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