Warning Pregnant Moms: Nipple Ointment Linked to Fungal Meningitis

Warning Pregnant Moms: Nipple Ointment Linked to Fungal MeningitisAlthough the public hates to receive bad news, when it has the potential to save lives, it should be welcomed.

The FDA has issued a warning about the suspicion of products made by a pharmaceutical compound that has been associated with 91 cases of fungal meningitis, including seven cases of death.  The New England Compound Center in Framingham, Massachusetts produced a steroid that was used for back pain and unfortunately has been linked to fungal meningitis. As a precaution, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the company has voluntarily recalled all products that were made at their facility because of the potential of product contamination. These products include acetaminophen suppositories, nipple ointments, morphine, Vitamin K and Vancomycin.

What is fungal meningitis? It is a rare disorder that involves fungus entering the blood and affecting the spinal cord. It is not contagious, meaning you cannot get it from another person. It usually enters our blood stream after we take medicine that enters our immune system such as steroids. The signs and symptoms include fever, stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, altered mental state and sensitivity to light. The treatment includes I.V. antibiotic therapy.

The states involved in this outbreak include Florida, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee who got hit the hardest with 32 reported cases. The company is attempting to contact people by fax. How will you know if you have an affected product? Look for the initials “NECC” listed on the product. If you have an affected product, the company (NECC) advises consumers to obtain a form from the FDA by clicking this link: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/medwatch-online.htm

If you use any of the products described, please check your medicine cabinet. Better safe than sorry.  Remember, a healthy pregnancy doesn’t just happen. It takes a smart mom who knows what to do.

10 Reasons to Have an Ultrasound

Technology has made fascinating advances in medical practice and ultrasounds are no exception. However, contrary to popular belief, they are not a tool developed so that women can find out the sex of their baby. While that is a great benefit to expectant parents who “just have to know,” the true purpose of having an ultrasound is to make certain that your baby is doing well, to measure its growth and to help a healthcare provider make a decision if he or she suspects there is a problem. So when and why should you have an ultrasound? Here are 10 good reasons that can be found in The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy:

  1. To determine the age of the pregnancy
  2. To document that the baby is alive
  3. To determine the position of the baby
  4. To determine “normal” anatomical organs, usually after 18 weeks
  5. To determine the position of the placenta
  6. To determine the cause of bleeding
  7. To determine whether you are having more than one baby
  8. To document that the baby is in the uterus and not a fallopian tube
  9. To measure amniotic fluid late in the pregnancy
  10. To periodically watch the baby if you have a high-risk condition

There will be temptation for pregnant moms to get “keepsake” ultrasounds done in the mall for entertainment purposes. Not only are those ultrasounds not approved by the FDA but they could potentially miss an important diagnosis if they are not read or interpreted by a physician. The conditions listed above will give you legitimate reasons for requesting an ultrasound that can be done by a professional under the supervision of a doctor.

Remember, a healthy pregnancy doesn’t just happen. It takes a smart mom who knows what to do.

10 Reasons to Have an Ultrasound

Technology has made fascinating advances in medical practice and ultrasounds are no exception. However, contrary to popular belief, they are not a tool developed so that women can find out the sex of their baby. While that is a great benefit to expectant parents who “just have to know,” the true purpose of having an ultrasound is to make certain that your baby is doing well, to measure its growth and to help a healthcare provider make a decision if he or she suspects there is a problem. So when and why should you have an ultrasound? Here are 10 good reasons that can be found in The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy:


1. To determine the age of the pregnancy
2. To document that the baby is alive
3. To determine the position of the baby
4. To determine “normal” anatomical organs, usually after 18 weeks
5. To determine the position of the placenta
6. To determine the cause of bleeding
7. To determine whether you are having more than one baby
8. To document that the baby is in the uterus and not a fallopian tube
9. To measure amniotic fluid late in the pregnancy
10. To periodically watch the baby if you have a high-risk condition

There will be temptation for pregnant moms to get “keepsake” ultrasounds done in the mall for entertainment purposes. Not only are those ultrasounds not approved by the FDA but they could potentially miss an important diagnosis if they are not read or interpreted by a physician. The conditions listed above will give you legitimate reasons for requesting an ultrasound that can be done by a professional under the supervision of a doctor.

Remember, a healthy pregnancy doesn’t just happen. It takes a smart mom who knows what to do.