October 2010

Shortage of Vital Drugs Could Risk the Lives of Premies

 In the UK there has been a shortage of two vital drugs used to save preterm babies. These drugs are used to promote and boost lung growth in unborn babies to prevent what could be fatal results of their early arrival. These two corticosteroids not only prevent premature babies from dying but also from suffering brain damage through lack of oxygen. The commonly used corticosteroids betamethasone and betamethasone have been on “back order” so to speak and doctors and midwives have been forced to use alternatives and ration what they do have in the mean time to save these babies.

Not Enough Sleep May Lead to Preeclampsia

 Too much sleep and not enough sleep have been found to cause complications with pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a serious condition caused by high blood pressure and while some women are more prone to it that others during pregnancy, researchers are finding that the amount of sleep you are or are not getting can cause spikes in your systolic (the top number of a blood pressure reading) numbers therefore increasing  your chances of preeclampsia. Women who got less than 5 hours of sleep at night increase their risk for preeclampsia ninefold and women who slept more than 10 hours at night during their first trimester increased their risk twofold.