April 15, 2014: Obesity Linked to Increased Odds of Losing Baby, Study Finds
Weight counseling should start before pregnancy, expert says

April 15, 2014: Mother's Pregnancy Weight Gain May Influence Child's Obesity Risk
Study found that either too few or too many added pounds upped child's odds for being overweight

April 14, 2014: Study Ties Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Boys
But the risk is low, and it's important to treat depression in pregnant women, experts say

April 10, 2014: Health Tip: Eating Fish During Pregnancy
Avoid types that harbor lots of mercury

April 08, 2014: Aspirin Advised for Women at High Risk for Pregnancy Complication
Low daily dose helps protect against preeclampsia, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says

April 03, 2014: Spotting Cause of Newborn Brain Injury Could Aid Prevention, Report Says
Some cases of neonatal encephalopathy may be preventable

March 26, 2014: More Signs Autism May Originate During Pregnancy
Brain-tissue samples show differences linked to prenatal development

March 26, 2014: Health Tip: Get Healthy Before Pregnancy
Don't forget folic acid

March 24, 2014: Stress May Diminish a Woman's Fertility, Study Suggests
First U.S. review to show a possible link between stress and how long it takes to get pregnant

March 21, 2014: Lung Ultrasound Can Spot Risk of Respiratory Failure in Pregnancy: Study
Researchers recommend its use for women with complication called preeclampsia

March 21, 2014: Cardiac Arrest During Childbirth More Common Than Thought: Study
Causes can include severe high blood pressure, excessive bleeding, blood infection, researchers report

March 21, 2014: Gut Bacteria in Preemies Could Lead to Life-Threatening Infections
Study looked for alternate sources of sepsis, a bloodstream infection sometimes linked to hospital care

March 20, 2014: Doctors' Groups Warn Against Underwater Births
Approach might help with early labor but can pose danger to newborns, ob/gyns and pediatricians say

March 18, 2014: Pregnant Women May Be More Vulnerable to Potentially Dangerous Infection: Study
Screening for H. influenzae not recommended for now, expert says

March 18, 2014: Don't Order Fetal Ultrasound Videos As Souvenirs: FDA
In addition, agency says, leave Doppler fetal heartbeat monitors to health professionals

March 13, 2014: Preterm Birth May Raise Child's Asthma Risk, Study Suggests
The more premature the delivery, the higher the odds for respiratory trouble, researchers found

March 13, 2014: More Evidence Environmental Exposures Contribute to Autism
Where birth defects increased, so did diagnoses of the developmental disorder, study showed

March 12, 2014: Nicotine Patches Don't Help Pregnant Women Quit Smoking: Study
Researchers also found those who used them had higher blood pressure than those who didn't

March 11, 2014: Alcohol Near Start of Pregnancy Linked to Premature Babies
Educated whites most likely to exceed drinking recommendations, British study finds

March 06, 2014: Overweight Moms May Have Dangerously Big Babies
Excessive weight gain leads to serious problems for mothers and infants, study suggests

March 06, 2014: Hospital Policy Spurs New Moms to Get Whooping Cough Shot
With standing order for vaccine, coverage went from 18 percent to 69 percent, findings showed

March 05, 2014: Balanced Diet During Pregnancy May Lower Risk of Preterm Delivery
Increasing intake of healthy foods more important than eliminating unhealthy foods, study finds

March 04, 2014: U.S. Home Births Continued Steady Increase in 2012: CDC
Report cites improving safety profile

February 28, 2014: 'Eating for Two' During Pregnancy Could Pack on Too Many Pounds
Small study found those who closely watched weight gain did better

February 28, 2014: Health Tip: Preparing to Become Pregnant
Visit your doctor first

February 27, 2014: Secondhand Smoke Linked to Miscarriage Risk
Study found that as exposures rose, so did risk for a number of serious obstetric complications

February 26, 2014: A Better Test for Down Syndrome?
New gene-based screen for chromosomal disorders is more accurate than current methods, study says

February 25, 2014: FDA Explores '3-Person' Embryo Fertilization
Meant to prevent genetic diseases in children, the procedure raises ethical issues

February 25, 2014: Fever in 1st Trimester Might Raise Risk of Birth Defects
Review found an association, but researchers noted women can safely take Tylenol to lower body temp

February 24, 2014: Use of Tylenol in Pregnancy Tied to Higher ADHD Risk in Child
Risk increases with longer use, researchers say; experts caution the finding needs verification

February 19, 2014: Ob/Gyn Groups Issue Guidelines to Lower C-Section Rates
The two organizations say first-time mothers should be allowed more time in labor

February 18, 2014: Newborns Fed Formula in Hospital Less Likely to Be Breast-Fed Later
Small study found mothers tend to continue formula use at home

February 18, 2014: Drinking Early in Pregnancy May Harm Placenta, Study Finds
Alcohol also lowered how much of a chemical that's needed for development reached the fetus

February 18, 2014: 'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve
Innovations can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed

February 13, 2014: Dialysis Benefits Pregnant Women With Kidney Disease, Study Finds
Longer and more frequent treatments lead to better outcomes

February 10, 2014: Teen Pregnancy Rates Much Higher for Girls With Serious Mental Illness: Study
But it's not clear from Canadian study if there's a direct connection

February 07, 2014: Many New Mothers Skip Important 6-Week Checkup, Study Finds
At these appointments, obstetrician reviews pregnancy, makes transition to primary care

February 04, 2014: Expectant Mothers' Colds May Affect Baby
Exposures in womb might raise risk of asthma, allergies in childhood, study suggests

February 03, 2014: Embryo Selection May Help Prevent Some Inherited Disorders
Genetic test for deadly condition spotted healthy embryos for implantation, researchers report

February 03, 2014: Different Bacteria Levels Seen in Women Who Give Preterm Birth: Study
If confirmed, finding may help lead to new treatments to prevent prematurity, researchers say

February 03, 2014: U.S. Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since 1973: Report
Researchers think that improved contraception methods, decisions to delay pregnancy explain trend

February 03, 2014: Babies Born to Moms Over 35 May Have Lower Risk for Certain Birth Defects
Study finding is specific to physical anomalies that are unrelated to chromosomes, researchers say

February 03, 2014: Epidural May Beat Patient-Controlled Painkiller for Childbirth, Study Finds
Although epidurals provided more pain relief, other methods may still work for some women, experts said

January 23, 2014: First-Time Cesarean Rates Dipped in 2012: CDC
But doctor says the surgical births are still too commonplace

January 17, 2014: Smoking While Pregnant Raises Baby's Risk of Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip
Report from U.S. Surgeon General confirms maternal smoking's link to these birth defects

January 13, 2014: U.S. Panel Urges Diabetes Screening for All Pregnant Women
Preventive Services Task Force recommends blood sugar test after 24 weeks of pregnancy

January 08, 2014: Premature 'Water Breaking' During Pregnancy Linked to Bacteria
One-third of preterm births caused by early rupture of amniotic sac, study says

January 08, 2014: Study Weighs Safety of Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy
Levetiracetam appears to pose low risk for baby, but there's more evidence of risk with valproate

January 07, 2014: Mouse Study Hints at Plastics Chemical's Link to Prostate Cancer Risk
BPA boosts prostate stem cells' hormonal sensitivity, researchers say

January 02, 2014: Can Bacterial Infections During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?
Study found an association, but researchers said such infections are common and most don't lead to problems