Things We’ve Read: Week of March 3rd, 2014

What Was He Thinking?! Daddy-Dressing Fails (Pop Sugar): Why prenatal classes should include a course on baby fashion.

Men’s Phthalate Levels Linked to Pregnancy Trouble (LiveScience): In a recent study at the NIH, “… it took couples 20 percent longer to get pregnant if the man had high levels of phthalates.” These comparative delays vs the study’s constant are similar to the effects we see from smoking and obesity.

I Thought This Baby Was Insane At First. Turns Out Her Dad Is The Crazy One (ViralNova): More amazing baby photos from very creative parents!

Fears pregnant women are ignoring folic acid advice (Nursing Times): Please make folic acid part of your fertility process and planning! A UK study showed that more than 2 out of 3 women are ignoring the advice. Keep in mind that “most cases of spina bifida and other birth defects affecting the brain, spine or spinal cord, can be prevented by boosting levels of folate – vitamin B9 – before pregnancy.”

Prenatal screening for fetal aneuploidy by testing mothers blood at 10 weeks of pregnancy (Medical News): Research out of Tufts University shows that non-invasive cfDNA testing has a ten-fold improvement in the positive predictive value for Down Syndome. This was the first time that the cfDNA tests were compared in a general obstetrical population to the variety of blood and ultrasound tests that are the current standard of care and diagnosis in the United States.