FACT OR MYTH
THE THALIDOMIDE STORY
In the late 1950s, thalidomide was marketed in Europe as a sedative and anti-nausea drug, particularly good for pregnant women. It was called a “miracle drug” because research and clinical trials showed that it worked really well… and it actually did. It turns out that R-thalidomide, one of the two mirror image forms of the molecule, is effective as a sedative, an anti-anxiety drug, an anti-cancer drug, a drug against leprosy, and a drug against the terrible nausea that often strikes pregnant women. On top of all this, R-thalidomide produces only very minor side effects. Read the full article here!
THYROID DISEASE IN PREGNANCY
There are three common thyroid diseases that can occur during pregnancy. They can be caused by the way pregnancy affects your immune system. As long as they are recognized and treated, they should not affect your pregnancy or your baby. However, if they are untreated, they could be a problem for both pregnancy and baby. The three diseases are Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease, and postpartum thyroiditis. Read our blog on The Pulse here, and available now, our extensive Expert Report written by one of our doctors!
LAST WEEK’S TOP BLOG
LABOR TIPS TO HELP YOU ROCK YOUR FIRST BIRTH
As a first time parent, you might have some questions—and even worries—about labor. If that applies to you, read on for tips that will help you rock your first birth. Overall, the best thing you can do to rock your birth is to be as prepared as you can be. Unexpected things can and likely will happen, but when it comes to birthing, knowledge is power. Read last week’s top blog here!
MY BABY’S KICK COUNTER
Pregistry has many useful tools to help you during your pregnancy. One example is our kick counter. Has your baby started kicking? If so, you will love this tool. It measures how frequently your baby kicks and produces a report that you can save and print. Learn more here!