Can Viagra help unborn babies maintain a healthy weight?

When it comes to making sure that you have a healthy pregnancy, you likely already know that there are a few things you need to do - eat right, stay active and get plenty of rest when your body needs it. However, some women who focus on fetal development aren't as lucky as others - many females give birth to underweight babies, which raises the risk of complications before and after the delivery.

Now, scientists are trying to prevent this from happening in expectant mothers by administering a drug that's been on the market for quite some time - Viagra. Nine MSN reported that researchers believe that the prescription pill can potentially boost the development of unborn children, reducing the chances of low birth weight. Specifically, the medication would increase blood flow to the womb, which might be able to eliminate the risk of premature births and deformities. 

"You'll be familiar with the effect in the male pelvis, where it increases blood flow to a particular part of the body," Phil Baker, Gravida National Center for Growth and Development director, told the news source. "However, our thinking was that there would be a similar focused effect in the female pelvis."

Scientists will be testing their hypothesis on women after studying the effects of Viagra on pregnant mice over the course of 15 years. Early results of their experimentation has shown that baby mice were able to benefit from the addition of the medication.

What if my baby is born prematurely?
The U.S. National Library of Medicine reported that nearly half a million babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year. As a result of an early delivery, an infant may miss out on a critical growing period during the pregnancy calendar. However, there are several ways that medical experts have made it easier for preemies to adjust to their new lives outside of the womb over the years.

The advancement of technology has undoubtedly helped, but experts now know how to better support premature babies as well. For instance, the Mayo Clinic stated that the breast milk from a mother might be able to help preemies fight infection. In the event that your baby is born prematurely, your doctors can give you insight into how to overcome this hiccup along the way.

How have you helped your premature baby in his or her first few weeks of life? Do you know the risks of low birth weight? Leave your feedback in the comments section!