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Health Tip: Quit Smoking, Especially While Pregnant July 11, 2014

How smoking can harm a developing baby

Exercising Moms-to-Be Have Less Chubby Babies, Study Finds July 09, 2014

This could benefit newborns later in life, researcher suggests

Sutures Bested Staples After C-Section in Study July 08, 2014

Complications were reduced by 57 percent when stitches were used, researchers report

Home Nurse Visits May Improve Survival of Moms, Babies July 07, 2014

Deaths were far more common when poor women did not receive follow-up care, study finds

Around the Globe, Mom's Health Key to Newborn's Size July 07, 2014

Study found well-nourished, educated women had similarly sized babies, regardless of where they lived

C-Section May Raise Odds of Failed Pregnancy Later: Study July 01, 2014

Slightly higher rate of stillbirths, ectopic pregnancies seen after cesarean delivery, researchers say

Sperm Donor Age May Not Affect Infertility Treatment Success: Study June 30, 2014

Sperm quality and woman's age are more important factors in fertility success, researchers say

Supreme Court: Some Companies Don't Have to Cover Birth Control June 30, 2014

Victory for 2 family-owned firms that said Obamacare requirement violated their religious beliefs

Grief in Pregnancy May Trigger Obesity in Adulthood June 27, 2014

Extreme stress even before conception can affect unborn child's weight, study suggests

Many Pregnant Women Not Told to Avoid Environmental Toxins June 25, 2014

Lack of information and research often cited as reasons, study finds

Natural Conception Later in Life Tied to Longer Life for Women June 25, 2014

If last pregnancy occurred at age 33 or older, chances of living past 95 doubled, study found

Health Tip: Eat Omega-3s During Pregnancy June 24, 2014

Many fish make great sources

Too Many U.S. Babies Still Delivered Early Without Medical Need June 23, 2014

Study shows more than 3 percent of early deliveries are non-essential elective procedures

Study Links Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Kids June 23, 2014

But it doesn't prove pesticides cause autism, and didn't directly measure women's chemical exposure, expert notes

Certain Birth Defects More Common Among Hispanics: Report June 20, 2014

Unfortified corn masa flour may contribute to neural tube defects, March of Dimes says

1 in 10 Moms-to-Be Develop Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes: CDC June 19, 2014

Obesity a major risk factor for condition that causes problems for both mother and baby, experts say

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Won't Harm Baby's Heart, Study Suggests June 18, 2014

But, past research shows risks, and one expert says this study doesn't provide definitive answers

Number of Induced Labors Falling in U.S., CDC Says June 18, 2014

Early, elective C-section rate down, too

Scans Show Even 'Late' Preemies Have Brain Differences June 10, 2014

Finding underscores fact that not only early preemies show developmental deficits

Pregnant or Breast-feeding Women Urged to Eat More Fish June 10, 2014

Choose types lower in mercury, such as cod, salmon and tilapia, FDA and EPA say

Short 'Birth Spacing' Linked to Preterm Delivery June 05, 2014

Researchers recommend that women be educated about need for adequate time between pregnancies

Taking Antipsychotic Drugs While Pregnant May Harm Newborns: Study June 04, 2014

These medications linked to respiratory distress, withdrawal symptoms in babies, researchers report

Snoring, High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Raise Apnea Risk June 04, 2014

Sleep disorder affects up to one-third of women by the last few months of pregnancy, researchers report

More Evidence Links Poor Diet to Preterm Birth June 02, 2014

Researchers focused on eating habits in the year before conception

Do Stressed-Out Men Have Weaker Sperm? May 30, 2014

Study does seem to show a link, but impact on fertility isn't clear

Scientists Spot Clues to Why Males Have Tougher Time in the Womb May 30, 2014

Girls grow more slowly, placenta more protective, researchers say

Having Babies May Be 'Contagious' Among Long-Time Friends May 29, 2014

Women tend to get pregnant soon after friends they've known since high school give birth, study finds

Can Fire Retardants Raise Risk of Children Born With Lower IQs? May 28, 2014

Study found higher levels of the chemicals in mom also upped chances of hyperactivity in kids by age 5

Iodine Deficiency Common in Pregnancy, Pediatricians Warn May 27, 2014

Processed foods deprive women of iodized salt; supplementation recommended

Music May Be Especially Stimulating During Pregnancy May 22, 2014

Moms-to-be displayed greater blood pressure changes, stronger emotional reactions, study says

Placenta Might Have Its Own Helpful Bacteria May 21, 2014

This 'community' may serve crucial role in preparing newborns for life outside the womb, researchers say

High Cholesterol May Delay Parenthood, Study Suggests May 20, 2014

Whether lowering cholesterol in prospective parents will aid conception isn't clear, researchers say

Stillbirth Remains an 'Unacknowledged Problem' May 20, 2014

These early deaths are rarely included in national medical records, study says

Children's Asthma Linked to Air Pollution in 2nd Trimester: Study May 19, 2014

Preliminary research finds timing of exposure an important element

Car Crash Risk May Go Up During Pregnancy May 12, 2014

Second trimester increase noted in large Canadian study, but reason remains unclear

Stillbirths Higher After Hurricanes Katrina And Rita: Study May 09, 2014

Stillbirth rates doubled in areas where 50 percent of housing was damaged

More Women Delaying First Pregnancy: CDC May 09, 2014

First births to women 35 and older have increased dramatically over last 40 years

Brain Activity Changes in Pregnant Women, Study Finds May 08, 2014

Boost in activity in brain region that reads faces may prepare mom to bond with baby, researcher suggests

Use of Low-Dose Steroid Creams During Pregnancy Won't Affect Baby: Study May 07, 2014

Researchers did find link between low birth weight and high doses of the medications

Sleep Apnea Linked to Raised Risk of Death in Pregnancy May 06, 2014

Study found an association but didn't prove the nighttime breathing disorder caused the higher risk

Older Infertile Couples Should Try In Vitro Fertilization First: Study May 06, 2014

Other fertility treatments less likely to result in pregnancy, birth for women over 38, researchers say

Mom-to-Be's TV Habits Might Affect Her Child's Weight: Study May 06, 2014

Watching during mealtime, infant feedings may set stage for childhood obesity

Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Linked to Baby's Heart Defects May 05, 2014

Preliminary finding gives moms-to-be another reason not to light up

Prenatal Fish Oil Supplements May Not Boost Child's Brain Health, Study Finds May 05, 2014

Toddlers whose mothers took extra omega-3 daily were no smarter than other tots, researchers say

Whooping Cough Vaccination During Pregnancy Seems Safe: Study May 05, 2014

Preliminary findings suggest Tdap vaccine for mothers-to-be may help protect newborns

Pregnancy Ultrasound a Big Bonding Moment for Dads-to-Be April 30, 2014

Fetal image helps men take in reality of pending birth, study suggests

Induced Labor May Lower Risk for C-Section, Study Finds April 28, 2014

Findings run counter to commonly held belief that induction actually raises a woman's odds for cesarean

Obesity Linked to Increased Odds of Losing Baby, Study Finds April 15, 2014

Weight counseling should start before pregnancy, expert says

Mother's Pregnancy Weight Gain May Influence Child's Obesity Risk April 15, 2014

Study found that either too few or too many added pounds upped child's odds for being overweight

Study Ties Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Boys April 14, 2014

But the risk is low, and it's important to treat depression in pregnant women, experts say