Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Guidelines: Treat Nearly All Women as Pre-Pregnant

Forever Pregnant
New federal guidelines ask all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves -- and to be treated by the health care system -- as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon.

. . . experts say it's important that women follow this advice throughout their reproductive lives, because about half of pregnancies are unplanned and so much damage can be done to a fetus between conception and the time the pregnancy is confirmed.
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Some medical facilities have already found a way to weave preconception care in with regular visits. At Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., a form that's filled out when checking a patient's height, weight and blood pressure prompts nurses to ask women, "Do you smoke, and do you plan to become pregnant in the next year? And if not, what birth control are you using?"
Great . . a hospital in the Bronx is better able to figure out an equitable system than the federal government.

I understand the need to guard against all the damage done by accidental pregnancies (aside from the fact that better birth control seems a better solution than vitamins) but the fact that it doesn't differentiate for women with tubal ligations, on Depo Provera, etc. is just stupid.

Is it just me, or does the title "Forever Pregnant" sound for the making of a great horror movie? Just like Snakes on a Plane, the name alone could fill the seats.


Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting for a criminal trial against a woman who smoked while pregnant.

Hmm... with the high percentage of unplanned (or unknown) pregnancies, wouldn't smoking by any post-pubescent girl/woman essentially be like driving drunk? You pay a penalty for taking the risk and putting others in danger, even if you don't actually hurt anyone.

Forever Pregnant On A Plane.

Anonymous said...

This burns my butt!

Hi guys - I like "Forever Pregnant on a Plane Full of Spiders" as my horror flick.


Anonymous said...

My name is Janice Still and i would like to show you my personal experience with Depo-Provera.

I am 24 years old. I have been on Depo for 9 years and did not realize that the symptoms I experienced might be related to the shot. I am now facing thousands of dollars in dental work due to bone density loss, and will probably end up with osteoporosis. I am getting off Depo and will never touch it again!

I have experienced some of these side effects-
Low libido, joint pain, bone density loss, dental problems, headaches, fatigue, out of control eating, gained 40 lbs., depression

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Janice Still