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Topic: Motherhood



Preteen Girls Worry About Breast Cancer If It's in the Family
Doctor recommends honest discussions to alleviate distress



Infant Heart Defect May Be Linked to Pre-Diabetic Sugar Levels in Pregnancy
Moderately increased glucose could be cause for concern, study suggests



More Cavities Seen in Kids of Chronically Stressed Mothers
These moms are less likely to breast-feed, make dental appointments, study finds



New Moms Can Avoid Back Injury When Caring for Their Babies
Proper lifting techniques are essential for both parents



Parents' Happiness Key to How Big Families Grow
Study finds couples are less likely to have second child if their emotional well-being declines



New Moms Often Get Poor Advice on Baby Care: Study
Tips from family or media can run counter to expert guidelines on vaccines, breast-feeding



Dad's Involvement With Autistic Child Helps Mom, Too
Study finds that depression levels in mothers drop when fathers engage in caretaking



Cost of Hospital Birth Varies by Nearly $10,000 Across U.S.
Hospitals with higher rates of c-sections or serious complications are most expensive, study finds



Breast-Feeding Tied to Healthier Arteries in Middle Age
But it remains unknown whether these women will have lower rates of heart attack, stroke as they age



Millennials More Accepting of Working Moms Than Past Generations
Survey responses reveal growing gender equality in U.S.



U.S. Birth Rate Records First Rise in 7 Years
CDC report also finds teen birth rate at lowest level ever



Parents' Age May Be Factor in Child's Autism Risk
Greater odds of disorder in kids of teen moms, older moms and parents with big age gap, study suggests



New Moms Gain No Benefit From Eating Placenta, Studies Show
Researchers say there's also no data at all on possible risks from the practice



Breast-feeding May Lower Risk of Childhood Leukemia: Study
It's one more potential benefit for breast-fed babies, research suggests



Fewer U.S. Hospitals Send New Moms Home With Formula
But CDC survey finds one-third continue the practice, which can undermine breast-feeding efforts



Single Moms Report Poorer Health Later in Life
Researchers recommend more access to birth control, programs that aid work-family balance



New Moms' Codeine Use Down Since Health Warnings
In rare cases, a woman metabolizes the drug faster, getting too much into breast-milk



Expectant Mothers' Lifestyle May Influence Child's Later Weight
Smoking, gaining too much weight in pregnancy linked to obesity in children



Health Tip: Moms, Make Time for Yourself
A healthier you benefits the family



'Love Hormone' May Help New Moms Heed Crying Babies
Brain scan study suggests oxytocin might play role in getting new mothers to care for infants



U.S. Birth Rate Hovers at All-Time Low, CDC Reports
Drop in teen birth rate, poor economy explain downward trend



Sharing Breast Milk May Pose Risks Women Haven't Considered
Survey shows few ask about health of donor, discuss option with doctor



Breast-Feeding May Lower Breast Cancer Recurrence, Death: Study
Strongest benefit seen in most common types of tumors, researchers say



For Breast-Feeding Moms, Tips on Eating for Two
U.S. health officials outline a healthy meal plan



Breast Milk Bought Online Might Contain Cow's Milk, Study Finds
Untested samples may also harbor bacteria, viruses, experts say



Scientists Find More Evidence of Breast Milk's Goodness
It's packed with even a wider level and variety of proteins than that of monkeys, study finds



Dad's Depression Affects Toddler's Behavior, Too
Study found a father's moods might increase risk of his youngster's anxiety, sadness



Breast-Fed Babies May Be Smarter, Richer Adults, Study Suggests
But many factors determine IQ, not just mother's milk, experts note



Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla.
Newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome go through a difficult withdrawal



Mom's Age at Childbirth Tied to Son's Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Boys born to women in their late 20s, early 30s appeared to have the lowest risk, study found



Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics
Canadian study points to jump in prescription painkiller abuse in explaining trend



Overly Controlling Moms Lose Out, Study Says
Allowing some freedom at age 2 reaped benefits by fifth grade



Better Outcomes for Children Born With Fertility Treatments
Implanting just one embryo a significant factor in the change, study author says



Longer Breast-Feeding May Protect Infants at Risk for Obesity
Those who drank mother's milk for less than 2 months were more likely to gain extra weight



Mom's Obesity May Affect Newborn Survival
Infant deaths are more likely among very heavy women, but still rare, study finds



Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds
Shot helps protect newborns against potentially deadly bacteria, experts say



Mom's Words Matter Most to Newborns
Study also finds that parents respond more to sounds of babies who match their gender



Virus Present at Birth Causes More Than 10 Percent of Hearing-Loss Cases in Kids
But most babies don't show symptoms, study says



Peak Pain Level Main Factor in Negative Childbirth Memories: Study
Length of labor didn't seem to influence recollections of pain, researchers found



Rely on Mom-to-Be When Epidural Is Needed
Early use likely won't lead to delivery complications, review of previous studies finds



Breast Milk a Risk for Spreading Common Virus to Preemies, Study Finds
CMV dangerous for low birth weight infants, but mom can be tested before delivery to see if she carries virus



Mom's Response to Baby's Cry a Matter of Memory
Those with good childhood experiences will respond better to their own infants, researchers say



Give Aspirin to All Pregnant Women at Risk of Preeclampsia: U.S. Experts
Daily, low-dose regimen cuts odds of complication by 24 percent



Tips for Keeping Breast-Feeding Goals on Track
New moms can use encouragement, support, expert says



Racial Disparities in Breast-Feeding May Start With Hospitals, Study Suggests
Maternity care practices differ in neighborhoods with more black residents than average, CDC research finds



Fewer Unmarried Women Having Children, CDC Reports
Declines seen in every age group except for those over 35



Many Expectant Moms Don't Get Steroids That Protect Preterm Babies
Study shows only half of eligible women in lower-income countries receive helpful drug



Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids
Threat of respiratory disease may be up to 30 percent higher, study suggests



Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children
Expectant moms' use of nicotine-replacement therapy could also spell problems for kids, study suggests



Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids
That, in turn, may help reduce health ills, such as diabetes and heart disease, researcher says



Full-Time Job May Disrupt Breast-Feeding Plans
Study found moms who returned to part-time work were better able to meet their goals



Home Nurse Visits May Improve Survival of Moms, Babies
Deaths were far more common when poor women did not receive follow-up care, study finds



C-Section May Raise Odds of Failed Pregnancy Later: Study
Slightly higher rate of stillbirths, ectopic pregnancies seen after cesarean delivery, researchers say



Grief in Pregnancy May Trigger Obesity in Adulthood
Extreme stress even before conception can affect unborn child's weight, study suggests



Daughters Drink More Than Their Moms Did -- in Australia, at Least
It's possible findings would apply to U.S., experts say



Mother's Birthplace May Affect Autism Risk in Kids
Some foreign-born mothers now in U.S. are more likely to have children with the disorder, study finds



Single Moms' Job Loss May Have Long Term Impact on Kids
Children's education and long-term mental health often seem to suffer, research shows



More Women Delaying First Pregnancy: CDC
First births to women 35 and older have increased dramatically over last 40 years



Tips for New Moms on Mother's Day
FDA experts offer advice on doctor visits, use of medications



Spanking May Be More Common Than Parents Admit
Small study 'eavesdropped' on family interactions with preschoolers



Older Mothers at Higher Risk of Child With Autism, Study Suggests
Researchers compared thousands of children born in Sweden over two decades



'Breast Milk Banks' Gain in Popularity
Experts say they're safer than online milk-sharing sources



Single Motherhood Doesn't Seem to Hinder Happiness
Raising a child more likely to brighten these women's lives, study says



When Moms Get Active, Kids Follow
Study of 4-year-olds suggests mothers help by spurring activity, taking part and being role models



TV, Computer Time Tied to Heavier, Less Happy Kids: Study
Parents can help reduce screen time, experts say



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



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



Kids Born With HIV May Face Heart Risks Later, Study Suggests
Doctors should watch for signs of cardiovascular disease, researcher says



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



Mother's Voice on Special Pacifier Helps Preemies Learn to Eat
When properly sucking, baby is rewarded with a song from Mom, researchers say



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



Postpartum Depression Often Becomes Chronic
May become chronic in up to 50 percent of women with postpartum depression



Postpartum Depression Often Linked to Long-Term Woes, Review Suggests
Doctors urged to consider psychological history of mothers-to-be



Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Later Nicotine Addiction in Daughters
40-year study did not find similar risk in sons



Most Ped OTC Liquid Med Labels Adhere to FDA Dosing Guidelines
Second study shows that child OTC analgesic use is linked to maternal use of OTC analgesics



Longer Maternity Leave May Reduce Postpartum Depression
U-shaped correlation with lowest postpartum depressive symptoms for six months of leave



Early Elective Childbirth May Raise Health Risks for Babies, Moms: Study
Obstetrician calls for more public awareness of possible complications



Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism
Large study finds little connection between mother's use of drugs like Prozac and children's autism risk



Youngest Child Often Not as Small as Mother Thinks
Study might explain why 'baby of the family' label persists



Could Longer Maternity Leave Prevent Postpartum Depression?
Study of 800 women found higher symptom rates with shorter leaves



Kids' Social Skills May Suffer When Mothers Drink During Pregnancy
Study suggests effect on children's brains goes beyond intelligence



Less Physical Activity, More TV for Today's Moms, Study Finds
This generation is less active than mothers in 1960s, researchers say



Breast Milk With Solid Foods Might Stave Off Allergies
Study also found waiting until 17 weeks to introduce solids is key



Working Moms Spend More Time Parenting Than Dads: Study
But fathers also 'highly involved' with their babies, researchers say



Cognitive Strategy Cuts Stress in Mothers of Children With Autism
Cognitive intervention reduces stress and depression in parent after child is diagnosed



Exercise in Pregnancy May Boost Baby's Brain, Study Says
Whether early advantage continues through childhood remains to be seen



Moms With Lupus More Likely to Have Children With Autism, Study Suggests
But overall risk is low, shouldn't influence parenting decisions, expert says



Breast Milk Bought Online May Contain Harmful Germs: Study
Nearly three-quarters of samples from an Internet milk-sharing site contained microbes that could make a baby sick



A Nurse Who Lends an Ear May Ease Anxiety in Moms of Preemies
Private talk sessions with a NICU nurse improved new mothers' depression, self-esteem



Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Tied to Bipolar Disorder in Adult Offspring: Study
Research adds to other health hazards of tobacco smoke exposure in the womb



Over-Involved Mothers Tied to Women's Poor Eating, Body Attitudes, Study Says
Surveys also suggested connection to weak social skills in daughters



Bed-Sharing With Babies Tied to More Breast-Feeding
But suffocation risk outweighs benefit of moms sleeping with infants, experts say



Breast-Feeding Problems Common for First-Time Moms
They need support after hospital discharge, study recommends



'Intensifed' Global Effort Needed to Further Cut Child Deaths: Report
While mortality rates are dropping among children under 5, researchers says more could be done



Maternal PTSD Tied to Increased Risk of Child Abuse
Children experience more traumatic events than those whose mothers have depression



Most Medications OK During Breast-Feeding, Report Says
Mothers may be able to take needed drugs while nursing



Breast-Feeding May Pass Good Bacteria From Mom to Baby
Study found same beneficial strains in the guts of mother and child, as well as in breast milk



Mom's Genes May Play Part in How Children Age
Mouse study suggests mutations in maternal DNA in 'power plants' of cells mean kids may age more quickly



Breast-Feeding Tied to Reduced Child Obesity
Large Japanese study looked at schoolchildren aged 7 and 8



Mother's Personality Influences Breast-Feeding Decision, Study Finds
Introverted, anxious moms may need extra support, researcher says



Postpartum Depression Risk May Rise for New Moms in Big Cities
Lack of social support can contribute to condition, study authors say



Economic Recession Tied to 'Harsh' Parenting From Mothers
But study only found effect for those with specific type of gene



Breast-Fed Baby May Become Higher-IQ Child, Study Suggests
Benefits for children seen at 3 years, 7 years



Substantial Prevalence of Diaper Need in Low-Income Families
Diaper need more likely for Hispanics, older mothers, women who report mental health need



Smoking During Pregnancy Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids
But the cause of the association remains unknown, researchers say



Very Preterm Babies May Have Trouble Bonding With Parents
Study authors say parenting problems are not the cause



Breast Milk Supply May Be Linked to Insulin Production: Study
Findings could have implications for prediabetic mothers, researchers say



Even Younger Babies 'Prep' Themselves to Be Picked Up
By 2 months of age, most respond to their parents' cues, study showed



U.S. Women Delay Motherhood, Teen Births Historically Low: CDC
Preterm births, low birth weight babies declined in 2011, report says



Young Children With Depressed Moms Benefit From Group Care
Group-based child care reduces the risks for internalizing problems in young children



Day Care May Help Kids of Depressed Moms
They showed fewer signs of emotional problems if they weren't cared for solely by their mother



Dads Who Bond With Kids Help Keep Marriage Strong
Sharing housework also key, study found, as is open communication with spouse



More Evidence Shows Breast-Feeding Helps Babies' Brains
MRI study showed increased growth in areas related to language, emotional function, motor skills



Infant Care May Help Explain Race-Linked Obesity Gap
Black, Hispanic infants in study had solid foods sooner, more sugary drinks, less sleep



A Little Formula Might Help Breast-Feeding for Some Babies
Early study looked at newborns who were losing weight



Study Looks at Vitamin D Needs in Breast-Fed Babies
Supplements helped infants meet recommended blood levels to support bone health



Breast-Fed Kids May Have Low Iron Levels, Study Finds
Complementary foods should include iron-rich items, experts say



Why Carrying Your Baby Calms Him
This quieting effect is an evolutionary win-win, study finds



Women's Hostile Attributions Up Odds of Child Maltreatment
Women's beliefs in pregnancy tied to infant maltreatment, harsh parenting of toddlers



Pregnant Women Under Stress May Be at Higher Risk for Stillbirth
Support for stress should be part of prenatal care, study author says



Study: Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy May Not Affect Baby's Growth
Psychiatrist says untreated depression has health consequences for mother, baby



Women Abused in Childhood at Higher Odds of Having Child With Autism: Study
Researchers speculate that effect on immune system, stress response might explain why



Meth in Pregnancy May Blunt Child's Reaction to Stress: Study
Combination of methamphetamine, troubled home environment muted toddlers' responses



Motherhood May Spur Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior in Some
Symptoms usually temporary, half of the women studied reported improvements after 6 months



Anxiety May Be More Common Than Depression After Pregnancy
Study found nearly 1 in 5 women has postpartum anxiety, but it fades fairly quickly



Mother's Drinking Increases Risk of Infant's Death: Study
Babies of women with alcohol problems during or after pregnancy had three times the risk of sudden, unexplained death



Many Younger Parents Weigh Online Doctor Reviews: Poll
But word of mouth still prevails overall



Lower Lung Function in Infancy Linked to Wheeze in Adulthood
Smoking also played key role in respiratory trouble for young adults, study found