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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

Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study October 03, 2014

Colitis therapy tied to 4 cases of low white blood cell count in newborns, but some docs question the finding

Cancer Treatments in Pregnancy Safe for Offspring, Small Studies Find October 02, 2014

Chemo, radiation given after first trimester did not raise health risks for children

Free, Long-Acting Contraceptives May Greatly Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate October 01, 2014

Study findings also showed abortion rate was three-quarters lower than the national norm in this age group

Healthy Lifestyle Before Pregnancy May Cut Gestational Diabetes Risk October 01, 2014

Factors that appear to lower odds include healthy weight, exercise and no smoking

Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study September 30, 2014

But authors, expert stressed that couples shouldn't base family planning on this finding

Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study September 30, 2014

Research found initial impact was most pronounced among women in their 20s, and lasted until they were in their 40s

Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control September 29, 2014

These methods are more reliable than condoms, birth control pills, experts say

Better-Informed Women Order Fewer Prenatal Gene Tests, Study Finds September 26, 2014

Unbiased facts are key to intelligent decision-making, researchers say

Whooping Cough Vaccine Rates During Pregnancy Fall Short: CDC September 25, 2014

Infants at highest risk for illness and death from the infection

Some Women Need Tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Experts Say September 23, 2014

Guidelines include all sexually active females 24 and younger, plus older women deemed at higher risk

Study Suggests Why Pregnant Women Get Sicker From Flu September 22, 2014

An aggressive immune system response may worsen symptoms, researchers say

Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk? September 22, 2014

Study reinforces benefits of taking supplements as recommended

Newborn ICUs With Private Family Rooms Benefit Preemies: Study September 22, 2014

More close contact with mothers may explain greater weight gains, fewer procedures, less stress

Do Greener Neighborhoods Produce Healthier Babies? September 19, 2014

Fewer preemies and small babies delivered when moms live near trees, grass, study says

Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement September 19, 2014

Large disparity in dental care, U.S. government research shows

Health Tip: Losing Weight After Baby September 18, 2014

Give your body time to recover first

Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids September 17, 2014

Association between phthalates and lung disorder needs additional research, study authors say

Researchers Don't See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies September 16, 2014

Magnesium sulfate still useful in short term for helping to reduce risk of cerebral palsy, study says

Study Ties Multiple Births to Higher Costs, Complications September 15, 2014

Researchers suggest limiting embryo transfers during infertility treatments

Health Tip: Add Iron to Your Diet During Pregnancy September 12, 2014

Suggestions for what to eat

Mom's Response to Baby's Cry a Matter of Memory September 10, 2014

Those with good childhood experiences will respond better to their own infants, researchers say

Failed Infertility Treatment Linked to Worse Mental Health in Study September 10, 2014

All women who undergo treatment should receive psychological support, researchers suggest

Study Questions Link Between Antidepressants, Miscarriage September 09, 2014

Depression, rather than SSRIs, might fuel the association, researchers suggest

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