Pregnancy Paradox

August 14, 2017
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“The fears about the effects on the fetus are valid,” van der Zande told CBC Health. “But not including pregnant women in studies is also harmful to the fetus.”

It’s in the interest of the fetus that the woman is well, she said, and “that’s an important mind-shift that we need to make.”

“There is a desperate need to shift the paradigm to protect pregnant women through research, not just from research,” bioethicist Carleigh Krubiner of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore wrote in an accompanying commentary.

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