What is the Triple Screen in Pregnancy?
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  April 17, 2018  
  Pregnancy / Maternal Health  
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 What is the Triple Screen in Pregnancy?What is the Triple Screen in Pregnancy?
 
The triple screen is a blood screening test that is done in the second trimester of pregnancy to provide a risk estimate for the occurrence of Down syndrome in the fetus. It consists of three tests, the results of which are combined with the maternal age to derive the risk:
 
   Painkiller use during pregnancy could affect unborn child's fertility in later lifePainkiller use during pregnancy could affect unborn child's fertility in later life
 
Taking painkillers during pregnancy could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life, research suggests.
 
   Women at highest risk for heart failure during postpartum period, study findsWomen at highest risk for heart failure during postpartum period, study finds
 
Heart failure is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and death in the U.S. -- with the rate of pregnancy-related deaths more than doubling between 1987 and 2011. Even so, much about heart failure-related hospitalizations before, during and after delivery is unknown.
 
 Hypertension before pregnancy can raise risk of miscarriage
 
Hypertension before pregnancy can raise risk of miscarriageA new study has found that young women who have high blood pressure before their pregnancy are at a greater risk of suffering from a miscarriage. This is true for women who have not been diagnosed with hypertension but have an elevated blood pressure. The study was conducted at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and is due to appear in the May 2018 issue of the journal Hypertension.
 
 
 Study shows impact of prenatal stress on offspring stress hormone levels
 
Study shows impact of prenatal stress on offspring stress hormone levelsVertebrate species, including humans, exposed to stress prenatally tend to have higher stress hormones after birth, according to a new Dartmouth-led study published in Scientific Reports.
 
 
 Study uncovers mechanism fueling group B strep infection in woman's uterus
 
Study uncovers mechanism fueling group B strep infection in woman's uterusGroup B strep (group B streptococcus or GBS) is a common bacteria present in the vagina of about 1 in 4 women. In the U.S. and other developed countries, pregnant women are tested for GBS with those who test positive given antibiotics to help protect babies from infection.