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CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex PartnersFebruary 05, 2016

Women should not have sex while pregnant if male partners have visited or live in Zika-affected areas, agency says

Daily Bit of Chocolate in Pregnancy May Help Mom, BabyFebruary 04, 2016

No matter what the level of healthy flavanols, improvements seen in circulatory health

Too Much, Too Little Sleep During Pregnancy May Prompt Weight GainFebruary 04, 2016

Finding points to why sleep problems may be linked to poor pregnancy outcomes, researcher says

Diabetes Drug May Not Help Obese Women Have Normal-Weight BabiesFebruary 03, 2016

But study says metformin did reduce weight gain, lower risk of dangerously high blood pressure in moms-to-be

Red Cross Takes Steps to Keep Zika Virus Out of Blood SupplyFebruary 03, 2016

Agency asks potential donors who have traveled to areas where virus is active to wait 28 days

Texas Health Officials Report Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika VirusFebruary 03, 2016

News comes day after WHO declared pathogen a global health threat

Babies Born Late May Be at Risk for Complications: StudyFebruary 02, 2016

Researchers say finding confirms value of inducing labor after due date has passed

Millions of Pregnant Women Put Their Babies at Risk With Alcohol: CDCFebruary 02, 2016

Birth defects caused by drinking are totally preventable, agency officials say

WHO: Zika Virus an International Health ThreatFebruary 01, 2016

Virus suspected of causing birth defects could lead to 4 million cases in Americas in next year, agency says

Air Pollution Linked to Risk of Preterm BirthFebruary 01, 2016

Study doesn't prove cause-and-effect, but researchers believe the association is significant

U.S. Weighs Changes to Blood Donations in Response to Zika Virus OutbreakJanuary 29, 2016

Temporary ban might be imposed on travelers returning from countries where the virus has taken hold

Zika Vaccine Efforts Get Boost From Prior ResearchJanuary 28, 2016

U.S. health officials say valuable lessons were learned during battles against other mosquito-borne viruses

Prenatal Antidepressant Use Not Linked to Infant Heart Defects: StudyJanuary 28, 2016

Obesity, alcohol and illicit drugs are greater threats in pregnancy, researchers find

CDC Broadens Zika Virus Travel Alert for Pregnant WomenJanuary 27, 2016

U.S. agency says those at risk should avoid U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic

Prenatal Vitamin D Supplements May Not Lower Baby's Asthma Risk: StudyJanuary 26, 2016

But since the nutrient can help ease other ills, supplementation may not be a bad idea, experts say

Rate of Severe Stomach Birth Defect Increased Over Two Decades: CDCJanuary 25, 2016

Gastroschisis, a hole in the abdominal wall, more common in babies born to teen mothers

Zika Virus Expected to Spread North Through U.S.: WHOJanuary 25, 2016

Common mosquito spreads infection; Americans have no immunity

Obesity Before Pregnancy Tied to Raised Risk of Newborn DeathJanuary 22, 2016

Infant deaths related to premature delivery are doubled in obese women, researchers say

U.S. Ob-Gyn Group Supports Zika Virus Travel PrecautionsJanuary 22, 2016

Also, CDC adds 8 more countries to list that pregnant American women may want to avoid

Zika Virus Likely to Spread to Southern United States, Experts PredictJanuary 21, 2016

They say it's only matter of time before the mosquito-borne disease tied to birth defect is transmitted here

During Pregnancy, Skin Cancer May Be Deadlier: StudyJanuary 20, 2016

Pregnancy hormones may fuel melanoma, researchers say

Stillbirths Still Too Common WorldwideJanuary 19, 2016

Nearly 7,200 deaths occur each day, research shows

Average Age of First-Time Moms in U.S. Still Rising: CDCJanuary 14, 2016

Delaying pregnancy means smaller families and implications for overall population, expert says

Having More Kids May Slow Mom's Aging, Study SaysJanuary 13, 2016

Women with multiple children seem to have healthier DNA

Spike in Newborn Drug-Withdrawal Tied to Prenatal Painkiller UseJanuary 13, 2016

Rise in 'neonatal abstinence syndrome' may be due to prescription narcotic use in pregnancy, expert says

Pre-Pregnancy Potato Consumption Linked to Gestational DiabetesJanuary 13, 2016

Five cups of spuds weekly boosts odds by 50 percent, research suggests

Infant Delivery and Feeding Methods Can Affect Gut CompositionJanuary 11, 2016

Study shows vaginal birth and breast-feeding create different intestinal bacteria from C-section and formula

No Link Between 'the Pill' and Birth Defects: StudyJanuary 07, 2016

Findings should reassure women and their doctors, experts say

Blood Test May Help Rule Out Pregnancy Complication: StudyJanuary 06, 2016

Women with suspected pre-eclampsia are often hospitalized

Antifungal for Yeast Infections Tied to Miscarriage RiskJanuary 05, 2016

The oral drug fluconazole may increase the risk, Danish researchers say

Kids Born Through IVF Show No Higher Risk for Developmental Delays: StudyJanuary 04, 2016

Other infertility treatments also don't seem to interfere with child development

Study Links Home Births to Slightly Higher Infant Death RiskDecember 30, 2015

But overall odds are still low, experts say

Study: Extremely Premature Babies at Greater Risk for AutismDecember 28, 2015

Researchers identified differences in the brains of these newborns

The Younger the Mother, the Worse Her Health at Midlife: StudyDecember 27, 2015

Those who waited until at least 25 fared better at 40, researchers say

U.S. Births Up, Teen and Preterm Deliveries Down: CDCDecember 23, 2015

Positive trends mean healthier babies, doctors say

More IVF Tries Improve Odds of Having a BabyDecember 22, 2015

Some couples have success after six cycles or more, researchers say

Skin-to-Skin Contact May Lower Preemies' Risk of Death: ReviewDecember 22, 2015

Prolonged touching with mom in intensive care unit also reduced chances of blood infections

Study Touts Benefits of Group Prenatal CareDecember 21, 2015

Spending time with other pregnant women, sharing experiences may help young mothers-to-be

Home Births May Be Safe for 'Low-Risk' Pregnancies: StudyDecember 21, 2015

But critic dismisses the Canadian findings as incomplete, not applicable to the U.S.

U.S. Abortion Rate Hits Record Low: CDCDecember 11, 2015

Greater use of more effective birth control may help explain trend, expert says

CDC: Too Few Schools Teach Prevention of HIV, STDs, PregnancyDecember 09, 2015

Fewer than half of high schools, one-fifth of middle schools cover all 16 recommended topics, agency says

Mom-to-Be's Smoking Tied to Poorer Fitness in SonsDecember 09, 2015

Higher body mass index in mother also linked to worse performance by young men on running test

Ovarian Cyst Condition in Mom May Raise Odds for Autism in ChildDecember 08, 2015

Study suggests link for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, but can't prove cause-and-effect

Diabetes or Obesity During Pregnancy May Affect Fetal Heart: StudyDecember 03, 2015

Researchers aren't sure if abnormalities will last or cause problems, however

Weight Gain Between Pregnancies May Affect Infant SurvivalDecember 03, 2015

Researchers focused on women who previously had a healthy BMI

Higher Cigarette Taxes Tied to Fewer Infant DeathsDecember 01, 2015

U.S. study suggests pregnant women may be less likely to smoke if tobacco prices are higher

Progesterone May Not Help Prevent Repeat Miscarriage, Study FindsNovember 25, 2015

Findings likely to disappoint many couples, researcher says

Too Many Pregnant Women Gain Too Much Weight: Doctors' GroupNovember 23, 2015

Obesity can lead to complications for both mom and baby, experts say

Caffeine in Pregnancy May Not Harm Baby's IQ, Study FindsNovember 23, 2015

Study looked at moderate amounts -- about one to two cups of coffee

Most First-Time Moms Plan to Follow Vaccine ScheduleNovember 20, 2015

11 percent intend to spread out the recommended inoculations, survey finds