Craziest Pregnancy Studies You've Read

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Sugar bee

@newlynesting:  it is only the US where we are forbidden to drink at all during pregnancy. Most European countries women drink moderately throughout. Personally, if I’m not have 5 drinks it’s not worth it, so I have no problem not drinking. 

I try not to read too much. There are so many conflicting reports. Try to stick to common sense and what my doctor says. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

And an n=1600 is decently sized, but not particularly large if you are trying to look at something in a population-based way. I’ve seen studies with 5,000-10,000 participants and up; I would take the conclusion of a 1600-participant study with a large grain of salt. And you always have to put it into context with everything else you’ve read. I don’t think there’s a danger in reading “too much” – I think that’s the only way you develop perspective, but it takes time and effort.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m wondering how you even find people for a study like that!??!

Although outside of the US, my experience has been most people think that a glass or two of wine a week is harmless. Just like in the US, doctors tell pregnant women not to eat sushi, but in Japan, they say that in moderation (and excepting certain fish), it’s a healthy addition to a pregnancy diet and the fish is good for the baby’s brain. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@newlynesting:  It totally depends on the type of study and what they’re trying to look for. A study with a small number of participants can be valid and useful if the kind of research question being asked fits well with the data collection methods, the conclusions being drawn, and the limitations they acknowledge … and a huge study can end up being very weak if there is a mismatch between those things. That’s part of the whole “putting it all in context” idea.

Thanks for participating in a study, by the way! I recently finished my dissertation and, while it was in a different field and a different type of study, I am so appreciative of my participants’ willingness to be a part of the research. Thanks for doing that for another researcher!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I read a study on cannibas ingestion during pregnancy. It was definitely a small study conducted following Jamaican women, but interesting none the less!  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@Bebealways:  no kidding… sure ill drink a bunch to see if it affects my baby.. what the hell.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I recently read a book that said scientific evidence indicates ultrasounds may be harmful to the fetus and may cause autism later in life. They cited: 

1. The high correlation between ultrasound rates and autism rates rising over time

2. The prevalence of autism among upper middle class families, which are also the most likely to have health coverage that will provide numerous ultrasounds

3. Animal studies showing that exposure to ultrasound can harm cell development

It totally freaked me out! The author strongly warned against “elective” ultrasounds (where you “look” at the baby just for fun) and said that even for “medical” ultrasounds, the doctor can usually get just as much information from feeling your belly. So interesting. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@hippomama:  I’ve heard that too. Luckily, unless there are health issues, we only do 2 in Canada. My midwife can tell me how my LO is positioned just by feeling my belly, and they say that U/S to predict size is so ineffective that there’s almost no point anyway.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@bunnymama:  Yeah, the book talked about many moms who had been told based on u/s that their baby was “too big” and so they had labor induced and got a C-section, then their babies turned out to be around 7 lbs, because estimating based on u/s has a margin of error of a pound in either direction–not very useful! 

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