Group B Streptococcus Screening For Pregnant Women ‘Not Recommended’ By National Screening Committee (In the UK)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/group-b-streptococcus-screening_uk_58d2861ee4b0f838c62e49a4

 

Screening pregnant women for Group B streptococcus (GBS) is “not recommended” by the National Screening Committee (NSC).

About 150,000 pregnant women carry GBS each year in the UK and, in some cases, will pass the bacteria to their baby in labour.

In January 2016, a couple appealed for the pregnancy screening to be made mandatory, after their baby died from an infection that could have been prevented if caught early by a simple test.

However at the time, the NSC said the test should not be offered to all pregnant women as there was “insufficient evidence” to demonstrate that the benefits would outweigh the harms.

Now, following a further comprehensive review of the evidence, the independent screening committee has stood by the decision to not recommended a national screening programme for GBS in pregnancy.

(click link at top to read on huffingtonpost.co.uk)

What High-Risk Pregnant Women Need to Hear

http://www.brandyferner.com/what-high-risk-pregnant-women-need-to-hear/

The transition from being an innocent, hopeful and glowing pregnant woman to one that’s stamped “high-risk” is not an easy one. Sometimes something urgent and scary happens that immediately flips that coin and other times the change is like a slow-moving car driving towards a new state line. Regardless of how quickly the new reality emerges, women in this uncharted territory have an added and unwelcome layer of stress, worry and decision-making. Giving birth in general requires us to step into the unknown, but being high-risk means we take that step with a little or a lot of extra weight strapped to us.

(click link above to read this great post on brandyferner.com)

When A Big Baby Isn’t So Big

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/11/high-birth-weight-predictions-are-often-inaccurate/?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=2

A significant amount of women are told they are having BIG BABIES! “Telling mothers this has a profound effect, and contributes to undermining women’s confidence they can deliver the baby”.

(click to read on blogs.nytimes.com)

 

New ACOG Opinion on Exercise in the Childbearing Year

http://donainternational.org/2015/12/10/new-acog-opinion-on-exercise-in-the-childbearing-year/

(click link to read)

“…physical activity in pregnancy is safe and desirable, and pregnant women should be encouraged to continue or to initiate safe physical activities.” — ACOG Committee Opinion, Physical Activity and Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Good news!

 

My pelvis is going to split in half!

http://www.homesteadingdoula.com/blog/2015/10/4/my-pelvis-is-going-to-split-in-half-symphysis-pubis-dysfunction

GREAT info on how to prevent and relieve Symphsysis Pubis Dysfunction. (click link to read)

Why does it hurt to roll over in bed?

It shouldn’t!

Why does my pelvis feel like it’s on fire when I’m trying to put on pants?

It shouldn’t!

Why does every.single.step I take HURT?!

It shouldn’t!

A lot of pregnant women are afraid their pelvis is going to split in half during labor. For most women, this is just a laughable, irrational thought. But for some women, it’s a real possibility! Symphsysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) is a serious, and I would hazard to say grossly under-diagnosed and under-reported, issue. We’ll start with the basics, then move on to solutions. If you’ve wondered any of the above, it’s possible you might be dealing with SPD.  If you’re here because you know you have SPD and don’t need the background, feel free to jump right down for SPD solutions.