Supply shortage for epidurals causing concern across Canada
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(Sean Leathong, Alexandra Mae Jones, CTV News) — Childbirth is one of the most painful experiences that human beings can go through, and more than half of these labours involve one specific intervention for pain: an injection called an epidural.

But according to Health Canada, epidural catheters are on their list of medical  …

Understanding the risks of stroke during pregnancy
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(Health Matters) — With pregnancy being a time of so much change, health is often top of mind for moms-to-be. While many pregnant patients are aware of the risk of developing conditions such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, there’s one more health risk that should be on their radars: stroke during pregnancy,  …

Conversations with fertility specialists: what to expect
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(Simone Marie/ Healthline) — If you’ve been trying to conceive for more than a year, you may be experiencing infertility.

Most medical professionals define infertility as the inability to get pregnant after 1 year or longer of sex without birth control.

If you’re over 35 years old, many healthcare professionals consider  …

Adverse pregnancy risks linked to migraine in women
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(American Headache Society) — Women with migraine and their offspring are at greater risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, compared with women without migraine, according to a study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face PainStanford Medicine’s Nada Hindiyeh, MD, says the research offers a look at some   …

Pregnant women with COVID-19 at higher risk of stillbirths
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(Saba Aziz/ Global News) — A new study has revealed the deadly toll COVID-19 can take on the babies of unvaccinated pregnant women, underlining the importance of vaccination for expecting mothers.

The peer-reviewed research published in the journal Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine on Feb.  …

Medical experts urge caution over use of acetaminophen during pregnancy
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(Christine Birak, Marcy Cuttler, Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — People who are pregnant should be cautious about taking acetaminophen as it may alter fetal development, according to a coalition of international public health experts.

In a consensus statement published on Thursday in the scientific journal   …

What you should know about endometriosis during pregnancy
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(Fernando Mariz/ Healthline) — Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue similar to what normally lines the uterus, called the endometrium, grows outside of the uterine cavity. It can adhere to the outside of the uterus, the ovaries, and the fallopian tubes.

When any of these organs are damaged, blocked, or irritated  …

‘There are women out there not getting help’ for perinatal depression
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(Susan Schwarz/ Healthing) — Dr. Vi Nguyen understands more than most about perinatal depression and anxiety.

As a reproductive psychiatrist at the McGill University Health Centre, she specializes in diagnosing and supporting women with depression and anxiety related to pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum   …

Health Canada seeks feedback on modernizing fertility act
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(CBC News) — Health Canada is inviting people to comment on its proposed changes to reimbursing egg donors, and surrogates as well as other updates of its assisted reproduction regulation.

Health Canada said July 12 that it wants to strengthen the 2004 Assisted Human Reproduction Act by writing regulations to:

Reduce the risks to  …