Pill Use and Healthy Babies
More potential good news for women who use the combination birth control pill (the Pill). According to a new study, using the Pill before you become pregnant appears to increase fetal birthweight and placental [afterbirth] weight.
The increase in fetal and placental weight seen in women who used the Pill before they became pregnant was 207.3-gram (7.312 ounce) and 64.9-gram (2.289 ounce), respectively. Although it's not yet clear why the Pill exerts this beneficial effect:
"Because fetal growth is conducive to the health of the newborn, these findings suggest that pregravid [before pregnancy] oral contraceptive [Pill] use may have similar effects," the authors note.