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Pregnancy often overlooked by science

May 6, 2019

There is little research on how pregnancy should be treated in a disabled woman.

For disabled women or women with rare diseases who are pregnant or hope to conceive, there are so many unknowns. Research on pregnant women has for the most part been banned or ignored. This article reports that The National Institutes of Health began breaking out its spending on pregnancy, maternal health and breast-feeding in only 2017 – just two years ago- so most doctors are still flying blind when caring for pregnant women and their unborn babies.

Researchers states there is “a persistent problem in medical research. About 10 percent of reproductive-age women become pregnant each year in the United States, but far less research is done into pregnancy than into much less common conditions. The effect of medicines on pregnant women and their fetuses is rarely studied. Basic understanding of pregnancy itself is full of gaping scientific holes . . .”.

Perhaps if doctors were doing nothing to treat pregnant women this would not be a problem.  However, doctors do routinely treat pregnant women with all sorts of medical conditions and disabilities- even without knowing whether the treatments are safe or even effective. Fortunately, scientists, many of them women who have had their own childbirth experiences, are starting to push researchers to fill the knowledge gaps. 

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Source & to read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/long-overlooked-by-science-pregnancy-is-finally-getting-attention-it-deserves/2019/03/06

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