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Flame Retardants May Raise Risk of Preterm Births, Study Finds January 30, 2015

Women with higher blood levels of common chemicals were more likely to deliver early

Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment? January 28, 2015

Controlling blood pressure doesn't seem to affect baby, but may prevent problems for mom

It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking January 28, 2015

More than twice as many quit when offered financial incentives, study says

A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth January 27, 2015

As 'national ambassador' for March of Dimes this year, Elijah Jackson and his family will help raise awareness of issue

Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC January 22, 2015

If they become pregnant, birth defects and preterm birth are possible risks

More Extreme Preemies Are Surviving, Study Finds January 21, 2015

But 25 percent still die, pointing to need for better pregnancy interventions, doctors say

Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury's Harms? January 21, 2015

No developmental problems seen in kids of frequent seafood eaters from Seychelles islands, study says

Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC January 15, 2015

Experts cite mandatory fortification of grain products with folic acid, but not enough women get the B vitamin

Health Tip: What to Avoid During Pregnancy January 13, 2015

Things to stay away from

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Risk of Preterm Birth in Study January 08, 2015

Women with lowest levels of the 'sunshine vitamin' most likely to deliver early, researchers found

Sleeping on Back in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk in Study January 08, 2015

But impaired fetal growth is a far more likely cause, researchers say

Fertility Treatments Have Low Complication Rates, Study Finds January 06, 2015

Improvements through the years have made these procedures safer, researchers say

Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC December 18, 2014

But health officials still urge people to get inoculated because the shot should offer some protection

Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk December 18, 2014

Expert notes, however, that potential threat is small

Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests December 17, 2014

Experts can't explain why testosterone levels of men declined early in partner's pregnancy

FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos December 16, 2014

Ultrasound imaging, heartbeat monitoring should be left to medical professionals, agency says

Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot December 11, 2014

Health officials cite reports on the vaccine's potentially limited effectiveness

Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQs in Study December 10, 2014

Children's IQs were about 7 points lower among mothers with the highest exposures

Many Women Don't Lose Those Pregnancy Pounds, Study Finds December 09, 2014

One-third who had been normal weight before giving birth were overweight or obese a year later

California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report December 04, 2014

Health care providers urged to recommend vaccine to pregnant women, to protect their babies

Mom's Obesity May Affect Newborn Survival December 03, 2014

Infant deaths are more likely among very heavy women, but still rare, study finds

FDA Issues New Drug Label Rules to Better Inform Pregnant Women December 03, 2014

Agency official says labeling changes should help patients 'make critical decisions' about medicines

No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study November 26, 2014

Once childhood respiratory illnesses were factored out, the pain relievers had little impact, researchers say

Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now November 21, 2014

Get vaccinated, health experts say, because it takes about two weeks for protection to kick in

Kids Born to Overweight Moms May Face Higher Heart Risks as Adults November 20, 2014

But researchers add that eating behaviors mothers pass on might play greater role than genetics

Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds November 18, 2014

U.S. national data shows steady rise, and abuse may pose dangers to mother and baby, experts say

Preterm-Birth Complications Leading Global Killer of Young Children November 17, 2014

To mark World Prematurity Day on Monday, researchers announce $250 million to combat the problem

Mom's Weight Might Influence Baby's Earliest Development November 14, 2014

Overweight at conception linked to changes in embryo's ability to grow properly, research suggests

Rheumatoid Arthritis in Moms-to-Be Linked to Premature Births November 13, 2014

Low birth weight also more likely, researchers found

Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds November 11, 2014

Shot helps protect newborns against potentially deadly bacteria, experts say

PTSD in Women Linked to Premature Birth November 06, 2014

Women with the condition were about one-third more likely to deliver early, study found

Premature Births Down in U.S., But Rates Still High, Reports Say November 06, 2014

Changing medical practices credited with some of the decline

Health Tip: Cleaning a Litter Box During Pregnancy November 06, 2014

It's not recommended

ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure November 05, 2014

Traffic and fossil fuels for heat, electricity biggest factors, study suggests

Kidney, Urinary Birth Defects Tied to Obesity in Moms-to-Be November 04, 2014

As weight increased, so did apparent risk, researchers say

Early, Small Babies May Be More Prone to Adult Hip Trouble November 03, 2014

They more often underwent hip replacement surgeries decades later, study found

Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital Development October 29, 2014

Link between phthalates and possible defect needs more study, researcher says

More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports October 27, 2014

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may affect about 5 percent of U.S. children

Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight Later October 23, 2014

Girls' risk of being overweight may be more than tripled, study finds

Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section, Study Finds October 23, 2014

But cesarean rates vary widely across the country

Fertility Treatments Aren't Significantly Linked to Birth Defects October 22, 2014

Expectant parents can be reassured by findings, researchers say

Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper October 22, 2014

Fertilization occurs in the vagina, instead of petri dish, researchers say

Health Tip: Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy October 20, 2014

Reasons include having to go more often

Peak Pain Level Main Factor in Negative Childbirth Memories: Study October 17, 2014

Length of labor didn't seem to influence recollections of pain, researchers found

Risks From Epidural, Spinal Anesthesia Very Low, Study Says October 14, 2014

Less than 1 percent of patients experienced dreaded headache

Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful? October 14, 2014

Study finds women with higher levels needed less medication

Fried Foods Linked to Raised Risk of Diabetes in Pregnancy October 09, 2014

Seven or more weekly portions of greasy fare may double odds, researchers say

Rely on Mom-to-Be When Epidural Is Needed October 09, 2014

Early use likely won't lead to delivery complications, review of previous studies finds

Health Tip: Reducing the Risk of Premature Delivery October 06, 2014

Don't drink alcohol or smoke

Drinking Water Contaminant Linked to Pregnancy Complications in Study October 03, 2014

Women who were exposed had higher rates of stillbirth, placenta problems, researchers say

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