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Topic: Pregnancy



No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy, Doctors Say
American Academy of Pediatrics issues new warning to women of childbearing age



Kids More Likely to Be Overweight If Mom Gains Too Much in Pregnancy or After
Child's weight influenced by environments in 'womb and living room,' expert says



Exercise May Help Prevent Pregnancy-Linked Pelvic Pain
Women who worked out in the months prior to conception saw a benefit, researchers say



Cesarean Delivery Won't Harm Kids' Health: Study
Still, too many babies are born that way, expert says



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



Decrease Seen in Epidural-Related Complications for C-Sections
Rates for problems linked to certain types of anesthesia down 25 percent over decade, study finds



Sex May Boost Female Immune System to Aid Fertility
Effect appears to work regardless of when in a woman's cycle sex occurs, study finds



Ovarian Tissue Transplant Can Help Some Women Have Kids After Cancer Treatment
Researchers in Denmark report a success rate of about 30 percent



Doctors Use 3D Printing to Safeguard Baby Before Birth
New technology took guesswork out of high-risk pregnancy, experts say



Infants Born to Drug-Abusing Mothers Often Readmitted to Hospital
These babies are often born addicted and have higher risk of breathing, feeding problems, experts say



Climate Change May Lead to Low Newborn Weights in Poorer Nations
Study suggests heat and lack of rain can potentially impact birth size



Health Tip: Stay Fit and Healthy During Pregnancy
And keep up healthy habits once your baby arrives



Kids May Be More Likely to Get Asthma if Grandma Smoked While Pregnant: Study
Risk is heightened even if child's mother didn't smoke, research suggests



Blood Tests May Predict Pregnancy Risks for Women With Lupus
As early as 12 weeks, checks can signal danger of complications for both mother and baby, study contends



Cancer Treatment Should Proceed for Pregnant Women: Study
Researcher says no risk found for unborn child



Exposure to BPA in Pregnancy Tied to Low Birth Weight in Girls: Study
But research doesn't prove the chemical caused the lighter weight



For Unexplained Infertility, Breast Cancer Drug No Better Than Standard Treatment
Study found letrozole did not result in more pregnancies compared to two other fertility drugs



Pregnancy Complications May Be Linked to Later Heart Disease
Risk was particularly high for women who had more than one health problem during pregnancy, study suggests



This Year's Flu Vaccine Should Be Better Match: CDC
Americans 6 months of age and older encouraged to get vaccinated



'Organic Pollutants' Linked to Gestational Diabetes
High PCBs levels in early pregnancy associated with greater risk, study shows



Health Tip: Pregnancy Affects Dental Health
See your dentist regularly



Pregnancy Intervals May Affect Autism Risk, Study Suggests
Spacing of less than 2 years, or waiting 6 or more years linked to raised odds, but much more research needed



Flu Shot a Must for Moms-to-Be
Getting the flu early in pregnancy doubles risk of birth defects, according to March of Dimes



Death Rate for Extremely Premature Infants Largely Unchanged
No major breakthroughs in care for tiniest babies since 1990s, researcher says



Siblings Now Main Source of Infants' Whooping Cough: CDC
A change from past years, when Mom posed the biggest risk of infection



Survival Rates Improve for Extreme 'Preemie' Babies
Study also finds fewer complications in infants who survive, but more efforts are needed, experts say



X-Rays, Other Scans Generally Safe in Pregnancy: Report
Researchers seek to reassure concerned mothers-to-be and their doctors



Obesity May Be Linked to Greater Risk of Stillbirth
High blood pressure, placental problems could be the connection, researchers say



High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy May Reappear Later in Life: Study
Genetics might play a key role in the findings, researchers say



Mom's Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Heart Defect Risk at Birth
Researchers looked at what women ate before getting pregnant



ADHD Risk Rises for Each Week a Preemie Is Born Early
Being underweight or overweight at birth also linked to higher odds, study says



Family Doctor Can Safely Assist Many Births
Ob-gyn isn't necessary for low-risk delivery, study suggests



Severe Headache During Pregnancy May Signal Trouble
Study found it could be tied to raised risk of complications in women with high blood pressure



Women Don't Have to Suffer Through Severe Morning Sickness, Experts Say
New guidelines recommend vitamin B6/antihistamine combo to quell nausea, vomiting



Ob-Gyn Group Advises on Spotting Dangerous Pregnancy Complication
Preeclampsia causes rise in woman's blood pressure; taking medical history still best way to gauge risk



Shorter Women, Higher Odds for Preterm Birth?
Study only found an association, and researchers say nutrition, environment likely play a big role



Are Vaginal Germs Linked to Preemie Birth?
But study finding doesn't prove cause-and-effect link



Harvesting Eggs Earlier May Boost Older Women's Pregnancy Chances
Study finds changing timing of fertility treatment process might lead to more success



Frozen Donor Eggs May Lead to Fewer Births Than Fresh Ones
But statistics might not tell full story, experts say



Antidepressants During Pregnancy Have Benefits, Risks: Study
Birth complications may be reduced, but some health issues for babies might increase



For Pregnant Military Wives, Risks Rise if Partner Deployed
Odds for preterm birth, postpartum depression triples, Fort Bragg study finds



Boy, Girl Newborns Show Spinal Differences: Study
Researchers suspect changes in females' backs are meant to help in pregnancy



A Man's Meat Intake Might Influence His Fertility: Study
Couples undergoing IVF treatments fared worse if his consumption of processed meats was high



Weight at First Pregnancy Linked to Complications Next Time
Risk remains even for women who get to a healthy size, researchers say



Early Birth Linked to Introversion, Neuroticism in Adult Life
Study found people who were very premature at birth were more likely to be socially withdrawn



Stillbirths Now Outnumber Infant Deaths in U.S.
Experts point to dropping infant death rates, racial disparities in care and fertility treatments as factors



Low Birth Weight Tied to Higher Type 2 Diabetes Risk Decades Later
Risk was even greater if the person also had an unhealthy adult lifestyle, study found



Prenatal Gene Tests Can Sometimes Spot Cancer in Mom-to-Be
Abnormal findings on early test don't always indicate birth defects, study says



Diabetes Drug Given to Obese Moms-to-Be Won't Keep Baby's Weight Down
Metformin did help control women's blood sugar, study finds



Another Study Sees Link Between Antidepressants and Birth Defects
But finding doesn't prove medications caused increased risk of problems



Smoking, Preterm Births Increase a Woman's Heart Disease Risk
Risk more than triples for smokers who delivered premature babies, study shows



Genetic Test May Help Spot Male Fertility Problems
Though still experimental, it measures key qualities of sperm, researchers say



Epilepsy Linked to Risks During Childbirth, Study Finds
But complications or maternal death during delivery are still rare, experts say



Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Birth Control
Heavy adolescent girls at greater risk for unintended pregnancy, study shows



Umbilical Cord 'Milking' May Help Preemies Delivered by C-Section
Gentle massaging can boost blood pressure, blood flow among these babies, research shows



One Stillbirth Greatly Raises Odds for Another: Study
Still, most second pregnancies lead to normal, healthy babies, experts say



Pregnancy Results Good for Women With Controlled Lupus: Study
But blacks, Hispanics face greater odds of complications than whites, though reasons why are unclear



Doctors Should Urge Against Pot Use During Pregnancy: Guidelines
Recommendation notes evidence has shown it can affect brain development in baby



Pregnancy May Conceal Ebola
Suppressed immune response might delay symptoms, experts say



D & C Procedures May Raise Risk of Preterm Birth: Study
Researcher suggests more caution for women's surgical procedure for certain patients



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



Pesticide Used Decades Ago May Raise Breast Cancer Risk: Study
Higher exposure to DDT in the womb linked to four times the risk of disease



Health Assistance to Developing Countries Up Since 1990: Study
But, rise in funding has stagnated since 2010, researchers add



Like Mother, Like Child: Study Hints at Why Obesity May Run in Families
Cells might be programmed in the womb to accumulate extra fat, researchers suggest



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



Exercise Can Cut Risk of Pregnancy-Related Diabetes: Study
Women who were more physically active while expecting also were about 2 pounds lighter



Pregnancy Often Leads to Changes in Migraines
Many women have fewer headaches while expecting, experts say



Fetal DNA Test May Also Help Spot Mom's Cancer, Study Finds
Genetic analysis reveals early malignancies in 3 pregnant women



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



'Fracking' Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies
Pregnant women who live near multiple natural gas wells tend to have smaller infants, research suggests



Risk to Baby From Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Is Small, Study Says
Newborn circulatory condition rate similar whether mom's depression was treated or not



First Part of Ejaculate May Be Primed for Conception
Researchers find early sperm more likely to achieve a pregnancy



Delaying Umbilical Cord Clamping Might Boost Child Development
Fine-motor and social skills slightly improved in boys, but no difference in IQ, researchers say



More Babies Born to Mothers Addicted to Pain Meds
Also rising are costs to treat infants' withdrawal symptoms, study says



Baby's Gender May Influence Mom's Diabetes Risk
Carrying sons linked to gestational diabetes, girls to later type 2 risk, researchers say



Antidepressants Ease Postpartum Depression, Study Finds
But breast-feeding moms should talk with doctor about risks and benefits of drugs, researchers say



Pregnancy Doesn't Make General Surgery More Dangerous: Study
Complications, death rates roughly the same as for non-pregnant women



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



Miscarriage Misunderstood, Often Leaves Women With Guilt
Survey finds many think it is less common than it is, don't understand it is usually unavoidable



Health Tip: Sleep Better During Pregnancy
Cut out caffeine, and observe a regular sleep schedule



Does Mom's Cellphone Startle the Fetus?
Researchers say yes, but potential consequences are unclear



Moms' Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Tied to ADHD, Other Issues in Kids
Nature of connection between the conditions isn't clear, however, experts say



Unsupervised Home Births on the Rise: Study
Not having either doctor or midwife present is risky, researcher warns



Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigarettes 'Safer' Than Regular Cigarettes
But expectant moms shouldn't use nicotine in any form, experts say



C-Section Rates Drop Slightly With Hospital Review Program
Newborn complications also decreased, Canadian study reports



Beijing Olympics Study Hints at Smog's Impact on Birth Weights
Babies born when pollution was controlled were about a half pound heavier



Health Tip: Needing Folic Acid
Here's who should take the supplement



Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines for Hospital Release of Newborns
Doctors should consider baby's health, as well as family readiness and support



Is Gestational Diabetes Linked to Autism?
High blood sugar might interfere with normal brain development, researcher says



Health Tip: Using Insect Repellent
Suggestions for safer use



Narcotic Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby: Study
Smoking, use of antidepressants may add to harms



Women Born Early at Greater Risk of Delivering Preemies, Study Suggests
But most of these women still have their babies at-term, researcher notes



Placenta Test Measures Babies' Exposure to Arsenic
This type of screening seems as reliable as urine and toenail samples, study says



Newer Test for Down Syndrome Called 'Major Advance'
But it won't eliminate need for invasive diagnostics such as amniocentesis, doctors say



Benefits of Iron Supplements Unclear for Pregnant Women, Young Children
Task force concludes there's too little information to recommend screening for deficiencies



Equal Numbers of Males, Females Are Conceived: Study
Researchers think more female embryos die than male embryos, which contradicts traditional thinking



Gestational Diabetes Drug Might Raise Babies' Complication Risk
Study links glyburide to more infant intensive care and respiratory distress



E-Cigarettes May Pose a Risk in Pregnancy and to Children
Nicotine can harm developing brains, experts say



Kidney Dialysis Increasing for Pregnant Women
Survey of kidney specialists shows hemodialysis becoming more common for expectant moms



Fetal Faces Seem to React to Mom's Smoking
In study, 4-D scans show more mouth movement, facial touching in presence of nicotine



Evolution May Explain Why a Curvy Bottom Drives Men Wild
Hourglass figure likely conveyed a survival advantage, researchers say



2 Factors Greatly Boost New Moms' Odds of Type 2 Diabetes
Gestational diabetes, followed by weight gain after delivery significantly raise the risk, study finds



Yoga May Help Ease Depression in Pregnant Women
Finding suggests it might sometimes be alternative to antidepressants, talk therapy



Pregnancy Weight Has Lasting Effect on Child, Study Finds
Kids of obese moms more likely to be too heavy themselves



Kidney Disease Can Pose Problems During Pregnancy, Study Warns
Careful monitoring necessary, researchers say



Many Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant, Study Finds
This increases risks for baby and mother, experts say



Study Suggests Link Between Adult Diabetes, Exposure to Smoke in Womb
Review of daughters hints at increased risk in middle age



Depression During Pregnancy Linked to Child's Asthma Risk
Older, but not newer, antidepressants showed similar increased odds for respiratory condition, study found



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



In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.
Researchers also report drop in number of multiple embryo transfers, twin and triplet birth rates



Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others
Study finds gestational diabetes less likely, but smaller infants more common



Sound of Mother's Voice in Womb May Aid Fetal Brain Growth
Study of preemies who heard recordings from mom showed larger auditory cortex



Plastics Chemical Tied to Changes in Boys' Reproductive Development
Study links exposure in womb to condition that may increase later infertility risk



Smoking During Pregnancy May Raise Diabetes Risk for Daughters: Study
Being lean did not protect against blood sugar disease, researcher notes



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



Preterm Delivery Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk in Mothers
But study didn't prove cause-and-effect relationship



Sexual Pain Common After Childbirth, Study Finds
C-section and certain assisted vaginal births linked to more long-term problems



Modern Birth Control Methods Could Avoid 15 Million Unwanted Pregnancies: Report
Study of 35 nations shows underuse of current contraception options



Timing of Kidney Transplants Doesn't Affect Pregnancy Chances
Study finds results were similar for women who received organ whether as a child or an adult



Certain Genes in Babies May Up Preterm Birth Risk
Mother's genes don't appear linked to premature delivery, study suggests



Health Tip: Managing Swelling During Pregnancy
Suggestions to help you stay more comfortable



Flame Retardants May Raise Risk of Preterm Births, Study Finds
Women with higher blood levels of common chemicals were more likely to deliver early



Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?
Controlling blood pressure doesn't seem to affect baby, but may prevent problems for mom



It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking
More than twice as many quit when offered financial incentives, study says



A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth
As 'national ambassador' for March of Dimes this year, Elijah Jackson and his family will help raise awareness of issue



Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC
If they become pregnant, birth defects and preterm birth are possible risks



More Extreme Preemies Are Surviving, Study Finds
But 25 percent still die, pointing to need for better pregnancy interventions, doctors say



Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury's Harms?
No developmental problems seen in kids of frequent seafood eaters from Seychelles islands, study says



Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC
Experts cite mandatory fortification of grain products with folic acid, but not enough women get the B vitamin



Health Tip: What to Avoid During Pregnancy
Things to stay away from



Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Risk of Preterm Birth in Study
Women with lowest levels of the 'sunshine vitamin' most likely to deliver early, researchers found



Sleeping on Back in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk in Study
But impaired fetal growth is a far more likely cause, researchers say



Fertility Treatments Have Low Complication Rates, Study Finds
Improvements through the years have made these procedures safer, researchers say



Health Tip: Easing Heartburn During Pregnancy
Eat smaller meals more frequently



Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk
Expert notes, however, that potential threat is small



Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC
But health officials still urge people to get inoculated because the shot should offer some protection



Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests
Experts can't explain why testosterone levels of men declined early in partner's pregnancy



FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos
Ultrasound imaging, heartbeat monitoring should be left to medical professionals, agency says



Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot
Health officials cite reports on the vaccine's potentially limited effectiveness



Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQs in Study
Children's IQs were about 7 points lower among mothers with the highest exposures



Many Women Don't Lose Those Pregnancy Pounds, Study Finds
One-third who had been normal weight before giving birth were overweight or obese a year later



California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report
Health care providers urged to recommend vaccine to pregnant women, to protect their babies



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



FDA Issues New Drug Label Rules to Better Inform Pregnant Women
Agency official says labeling changes should help patients 'make critical decisions' about medicines



No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study
Once childhood respiratory illnesses were factored out, the pain relievers had little impact, researchers say



Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now
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
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
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
To mark World Prematurity Day on Monday, researchers announce $250 million to combat the problem



Mom's Weight Might Influence Baby's Earliest Development
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
Low birth weight also more likely, researchers found



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



Premature Births Down in U.S., But Rates Still High, Reports Say
Changing medical practices credited with some of the decline



PTSD in Women Linked to Premature Birth
Women with the condition were about one-third more likely to deliver early, study found



Health Tip: Cleaning a Litter Box During Pregnancy
It's not recommended



ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure
Traffic and fossil fuels for heat, electricity biggest factors, study suggests



Kidney, Urinary Birth Defects Tied to Obesity in Moms-to-Be
As weight increased, so did apparent risk, researchers say



Early, Small Babies May Be More Prone to Adult Hip Trouble
They more often underwent hip replacement surgeries decades later, study found



Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital Development
Link between phthalates and possible defect needs more study, researcher says



More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may affect about 5 percent of U.S. children



Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight Later
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
But cesarean rates vary widely across the country



Fertility Treatments Aren't Significantly Linked to Birth Defects
Expectant parents can be reassured by findings, researchers say



Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper
Fertilization occurs in the vagina, instead of petri dish, researchers say



Health Tip: Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy
Reasons include having to go more often



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



Risks From Epidural, Spinal Anesthesia Very Low, Study Says
Less than 1 percent of patients experienced dreaded headache



Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful?
Study finds women with higher levels needed less medication



Fried Foods Linked to Raised Risk of Diabetes in Pregnancy
Seven or more weekly portions of greasy fare may double odds, researchers say



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



Health Tip: Reducing the Risk of Premature Delivery
Don't drink alcohol or smoke



Drinking Water Contaminant Linked to Pregnancy Complications in Study
Women who were exposed had higher rates of stillbirth, placenta problems, researchers say



Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study
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
Chemo, radiation given after first trimester did not raise health risks for children



Free, Long-Acting Contraceptives May Greatly Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate
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
Factors that appear to lower odds include healthy weight, exercise and no smoking



Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study
But authors, expert stressed that couples shouldn't base family planning on this finding



Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study
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
These methods are more reliable than condoms, birth control pills, experts say



Better-Informed Women Order Fewer Prenatal Gene Tests, Study Finds
Unbiased facts are key to intelligent decision-making, researchers say



Whooping Cough Vaccine Rates During Pregnancy Fall Short: CDC
Infants at highest risk for illness and death from the infection



Some Women Need Tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Experts Say
Guidelines include all sexually active females 24 and younger, plus older women deemed at higher risk



Newborn ICUs With Private Family Rooms Benefit Preemies: Study
More close contact with mothers may explain greater weight gains, fewer procedures, less stress



Study Suggests Why Pregnant Women Get Sicker From Flu
An aggressive immune system response may worsen symptoms, researchers say



Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?
Study reinforces benefits of taking supplements as recommended



Do Greener Neighborhoods Produce Healthier Babies?
Fewer preemies and small babies delivered when moms live near trees, grass, study says



Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement
Large disparity in dental care, U.S. government research shows



Health Tip: Losing Weight After Baby
Give your body time to recover first



Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids
Association between phthalates and lung disorder needs additional research, study authors say



Researchers Don't See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies
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
Researchers suggest limiting embryo transfers during infertility treatments



Health Tip: Add Iron to Your Diet During Pregnancy
Suggestions for what to eat



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



Failed Infertility Treatment Linked to Worse Mental Health in Study
All women who undergo treatment should receive psychological support, researchers suggest



Study Questions Link Between Antidepressants, Miscarriage
Depression, rather than SSRIs, might fuel the association, researchers suggest



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



Breast-Feeding May Help Obese Moms Lose Pregnancy Pounds
Positive effect wasn't seen in normal weight or overweight women, study found



Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?
New study discounts pills' link to autism, but suggests ties to ADHD



Obama Administration Offers New Rules for Religious Objections to Health Care Law
Employees of companies opposed to contraception coverage would get products through a 3rd party



Consumer Reports Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Tuna
Guideline is prompted by concerns about mercury exposure



White Women More Likely to Seek Fertility Treatment: Report
Finding points up need for better access to reproductive health care for all women, researcher says



Teen Birth Rate Has Dropped Dramatically in Last Two Decades: CDC
4 million fewer births attributed to less sex, more contraception, but U.S. rate still higher than comparable nations



For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study Finds
Increased odds for asthma seen into teen years



All Pregnant Women Need Flu Shot: Ob/Gyn Group
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says vaccination helps mother and baby



Preemies' Thinking Skills May Catch Up by Adolescence
Study hints at the importance of nutrition and a stimulating home environment



Exposure to Common Antibacterials May Affect Growth of Fetus: Study
Triclosan, triclocarban found in mothers' urine, umbilical cord blood, may disrupt hormones



For Breech Baby, C-Section May Be Safer Option: Study
Death rate with vaginal birth is 10 times higher, researchers find



Clues to How Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy Harms Child's Brain
Study may explain why attention, behavior problems persist in kids with fetal alcohol disorders



Obstetric Complication Rates Vary Widely Between Hospitals in U.S.
But figuring out what the best-performing centers are doing right can help everyone, researchers say



Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects
Test to detect mom-to-be's folate concentration could spot those lacking nutrient for infant development



Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb
By third trimester, unborn babies respond to rhymes recited by their mothers, research shows



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



Health Tip: Watching Your Weight During Pregnancy
Helps foster a healthy size for baby



Health Tip: Quit Smoking, Especially While Pregnant
How smoking can harm a developing baby



Exercising Moms-to-Be Have Less Chubby Babies, Study Finds
This could benefit newborns later in life, researcher suggests



Sutures Bested Staples After C-Section in Study
Complications were reduced by 57 percent when stitches were used, researchers report



Around the Globe, Mom's Health Key to Newborn's Size
Study found well-nourished, educated women had similarly sized babies, regardless of where they lived



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



Sperm Donor Age May Not Affect Infertility Treatment Success: Study
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
Victory for 2 family-owned firms that said Obamacare requirement violated their religious beliefs



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



Many Pregnant Women Not Told to Avoid Environmental Toxins
Lack of information and research often cited as reasons, study finds



Natural Conception Later in Life Tied to Longer Life for Women
If last pregnancy occurred at age 33 or older, chances of living past 95 doubled, study found



Health Tip: Eat Omega-3s During Pregnancy
Many fish make great sources



Too Many U.S. Babies Still Delivered Early Without Medical Need
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
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
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
Obesity a major risk factor for condition that causes problems for both mother and baby, experts say



Number of Induced Labors Falling in U.S., CDC Says
Early, elective C-section rate down, too



Antidepressants in Pregnancy Won't Harm Baby's Heart, Study Suggests
But, past research shows risks, and one expert says this study doesn't provide definitive answers



Scans Show Even 'Late' Preemies Have Brain Differences
Finding underscores fact that not only early preemies show developmental deficits



Pregnant or Breast-feeding Women Urged to Eat More Fish
Choose types lower in mercury, such as cod, salmon and tilapia, FDA and EPA say



Short 'Birth Spacing' Linked to Preterm Delivery
Researchers recommend that women be educated about need for adequate time between pregnancies



Taking Antipsychotic Drugs While Pregnant May Harm Newborns: Study
These medications linked to respiratory distress, withdrawal symptoms in babies, researchers report



Snoring, High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Raise Apnea Risk
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
Researchers focused on eating habits in the year before conception



Do Stressed-Out Men Have Weaker Sperm?
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
Girls grow more slowly, placenta more protective, researchers say



Having Babies May Be 'Contagious' Among Long-Time Friends
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?
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
Processed foods deprive women of iodized salt; supplementation recommended



Music May Be Especially Stimulating During Pregnancy
Moms-to-be displayed greater blood pressure changes, stronger emotional reactions, study says



Placenta Might Have Its Own Helpful Bacteria
This 'community' may serve crucial role in preparing newborns for life outside the womb, researchers say



High Cholesterol May Delay Parenthood, Study Suggests
Whether lowering cholesterol in prospective parents will aid conception isn't clear, researchers say



Stillbirth Remains an 'Unacknowledged Problem'
These early deaths are rarely included in national medical records, study says



Children's Asthma Linked to Air Pollution in 2nd Trimester: Study
Preliminary research finds timing of exposure an important element



Car Crash Risk May Go Up During Pregnancy
Second trimester increase noted in large Canadian study, but reason remains unclear



Stillbirths Higher After Hurricanes Katrina And Rita: Study
Stillbirth rates doubled in areas where 50 percent of housing was damaged



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



Brain Activity Changes in Pregnant Women, Study Finds
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
Researchers did find link between low birth weight and high doses of the medications



Older Infertile Couples Should Try In Vitro Fertilization First: Study
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
Watching during mealtime, infant feedings may set stage for childhood obesity



Sleep Apnea Linked to Raised Risk of Death in Pregnancy
Study found an association but didn't prove the nighttime breathing disorder caused the higher risk



Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Linked to Baby's Heart Defects
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
Toddlers whose mothers took extra omega-3 daily were no smarter than other tots, researchers say



Whooping Cough Vaccination During Pregnancy Seems Safe: Study
Preliminary findings suggest Tdap vaccine for mothers-to-be may help protect newborns



Pregnancy Ultrasound a Big Bonding Moment for Dads-to-Be
Fetal image helps men take in reality of pending birth, study suggests



Induced Labor May Lower Risk for C-Section, Study Finds
Findings run counter to commonly held belief that induction actually raises a woman's odds for cesarean



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



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



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



Health Tip: Eating Fish During Pregnancy
Avoid types that harbor lots of mercury



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



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



More Signs Autism May Originate During Pregnancy
Brain-tissue samples show differences linked to prenatal development



Health Tip: Get Healthy Before Pregnancy
Don't forget folic acid



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



Health Tip: Preparing to Become Pregnant
Visit your doctor first



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Feb. 3-8



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



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



NSAID Exposure Not Linked to Risk of Spontaneous Abortion
No risk for specific drugs, with the exception of significantly increased risk for indomethacin



Los AINE y el riesgo de perdida del embarazo
El Ibuprofeno y el naproxeno no aumentan el riesgo de que una mujer pierda el embarazo, segun una nueva investigacion



Pregnancy and Pain Relievers
Ibuprofen and naproxen do not increase a woman's risk of miscarriage, according to new research.



IVF and Genetic Testing Used to Avoid Prion Disease
Embryos selected without mutation in a woman with a family history of the disease



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



SMFM: Major Congenital Anomaly Risk Down for Older Moms
Advanced maternal age linked to decreased risk of CNS, renal, and abdominal wall defects



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



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



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



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



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



First Trimester Growth Restriction Tied to Childhood CVD Risk
Growth restriction associated with adverse cardiovascular risk profile in school-age children



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



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



Late Pregnancy SSRI Exposure May Up Newborn Pulmonary HTN
Review shows significantly increased risk, although absolute risk remains low



USPSTF Recommends GDM Screening After 24 Weeks
Insufficient evidence to evaluate benefits and harms of screening before 24 weeks



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



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



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



Preemie Crying Linked to Later Behavioral Problems
Second study shows educational intervention can reduce postnatal depression, sleep, cry problems



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



Sleep-Disordered Breathing May Worsen Pregnancy Outcomes
Evidence from observational studies suggests increased risk of gestational hypertension, diabetes



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



Bacterial Infections During Pregnancy May Up Risk of Autism
Women with infections diagnosed during hospital stay at higher risk of delivering a child with autism



Peanuts During Pregnancy Reduces Offspring Allergy Risk
Offspring less likely to be allergic to peanuts or tree nuts



Eating More Nuts During Pregnancy Might Help Prevent Allergies in Kids: Study
Experts say mothers who consume more nuts won't raise -- and might reduce -- risk in children



Health Tip: Take Care of Your Teeth During Pregnancy
Brush and floss daily



Maternal Vitamin D Tied to Risk of Small for Gestational Age
Second trimester vitamin D levels inversely associated with SGA risk



Maternal Antidepressant Use Not Significantly Linked to Autism
No significant increase in offspring autism risk linked to SSRI use during pregnancy



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



Screening Tools ID Postnatal Depression in Teen Moms
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and two subscales accurate for use in adolescent mothers



AAP Advises Pregnant Women and Children to Avoid Raw Milk
Policy statement cites risks of infections associated with consumption of unpasteurized milk



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



Probiotics Don't Prevent Childhood Asthma, Study Finds
But they may have other benefits, including prevention of eczema



Recommendations Issued to Prevent VTE in Maternal Patients
Include assessment with automated scoring system, provision of appropriate information on discharge



CDC: Pregnancy Rates Down Over Last Two Decades
Steep declines seen in teen pregnancy rates



U.S. Pregnancy Rates Continue to Fall
Increase seen only among women over 30; fewer teen births reported



Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Gestational Diabetes
CYP24A1 protein production, mRNA expression up in placental tissue from women with GDM



Home Visits During Pregnancy and Beyond May Give Poor Kids a Boost
Better focus and stability noted in families seen by nurses and other trained caregivers, study finds



Universal Transvaginal Ultrasound Found Cost-Effective
More cost-effective than initial transabdominal ultrasound for cervical length screen



Male Birth Control Shows Promise in Mice
Preliminary results suggest effects are safe, reversible



Maternal, Pregnancy, Birth Risk Factors Identified for ADHD
Mothers of children with ADHD more likely to be younger, single, smokers, regardless of child gender



Mercury Levels Drop One-Third in Women of Childbearing Age
EPA says women are making more informed seafood choices, not decreasing fish consumption



Researchers Study Factors in Uncomplicated Pregnancy
Pre-pregnancy fruit intake beneficial; increased BMI, BP, drug misuse in first trimester detrimental



Natural Delivery After a C-Section Often Successful: Study
But only about half who are eligible actually try



Heart Disease No. 1 Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California: Study
Researchers say one-third of these deaths could be prevented



Exposure To Common Chemical May Raise Risk of Preemie Delivery: Study
Phthalates are found in lotions, perfumes and deodorants, researchers say



Guidelines Issued for Managing Diabetes in Pregnancy
Guidelines recommend universal testing for diabetes early in pregnancy, evidence-based care



Preterm Boys Face Worse Odds Than Girls, Study Says
Possible challenges include learning disabilities, motor problems



Women With Asthma May Take Longer to Get Pregnant: Study
They ultimately had same number of children as women without the respiratory condition



Study Ties Weight-Loss Surgery to Higher Risk of Preemie Birth
Lower birth weights also seen in babies whose mothers had undergone procedure



Health Risks, Costs Much Higher With Multiple Births: Study
Having triplets or more resulted in 20 times greater medical expenses compared to single births



Health Tip: Should I Work During Pregnancy?
Factors to consider



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



ACAAI: Moms' Immunotherapy May Cut Offspring Allergy Risk
After controlling for confounding variables, non-significant trend toward decreased odds of allergy



Non-Delivery Hospital Stay May Raise Clot Risk During Pregnancy
Risk remained for 28 days after discharge; highest when hospitalization was for 3 or more days, study suggests



Could Mothers' Allergy Shots in Pregnancy Lower Kids' Risk?
More research needed to confirm early study findings



Clot Risk High for Pregnant Women in Hospital
Risk higher during third trimester and for older women



Prenatal Program Effective for Speakers of Limited English
Japanese women in the United States report that they like the social support



Blood Test Shows Promise in Gauging Risk for Pregnancy Complication
It measures levels of a protein tied to spikes in blood pressure known as preeclampsia



Family Planning Program for Teens With Diabetes Effective
Greater knowledge and willingness to discuss reproductive health



Can Hearing Music in the Womb Boost Babies' Brain Development?
Study showed the effects of the learning was still apparent at 4 months of age



ACR: Maternal Lupus Linked to Autism in Offspring
Autism also diagnosed at an earlier age



Autism Spectrum Disorder Linked to Prenatal Weight Gain
No association seen between autism spectrum disorder and pre-pregnancy BMI



Study of Male Birth Defect Lets Pesticides Off the Hook -- for Now
Hypospadias occurs in about five of every 1,000 baby boys



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



Researchers Describe 1st 'Functional Cure' of HIV in Baby
More studies needed to see if it's really a breakthrough in fight against AIDS



Multiple Egg Donations May Not Affect Women's Future Fertility: Study
Additional research found frozen eggs are nearly as effective as fresh for IVF treatments



Negative Affectivity Linked to Alcohol Use During Pregnancy
Association includes light alcohol use and binge drinking in first and second trimesters



Children of Teen Mothers Don't Have Mental Disadvantage, Study Suggests
But language delay was noted in kids born to youngest moms



IUD Won't Hurt Future Fertility, Study Contends
Relatively high pregnancy rates follow birth-control device removal, preliminary research shows



Use of Donor Sperm by Lesbians Rises in Canada, Study Finds
Legalization of gay marriage appears to have 'huge impact' on reproductive medicine



No Link Between Nausea Drug and Birth Defects
Metoclopramide also not associated with an increased risk of abortion or stillbirth



Exercise Might Boost Men's Sperm Counts, Study Finds
Meanwhile, other research saw no fertility effects from caffeine, alcohol



New Test May Spot Which Embryos Stand Greatest Chance of Survival
Measuring mitochondria in cells better predicted success rate with in vitro fertilization, study says



Women in Labor May Be Fine Taking in Nourishment, Study Finds
Those who got protein shake fared no worse than women given ice chips only, researchers say



Births From Fertility Treatments Hit 5 Million Mark: Report
It's a 'great medical success story,' expert says



Maternal Antenatal Depression Tied to Offspring's Depression
Maternal education moderates the effects of postnatal, but not antenatal depression



Depression During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Psychiatric Trouble in Kids
Researcher says finding suggests the condition should be treated in expectant moms



Health Tip: Understanding Gestational Diabetes
Listen to your doctors advice



Very Preterm Birth, Macrosomia Up Women's Diabetes Risk
Moderate preterm and low birth weight babies do not increase T2DM risk over long-term



Don't Rule Out Vaginal Delivery for Twins, Study Says
No significant differences seen in results for mother, babies compared to C-section



New Infertility Treatment Leads to First Baby, Researchers Report
Experimental procedure may offer hope to women with early ovarian failure



Combo Approach Ups Flu Vaccine Receipt Among Pregnant Women
Providers must both recommend and offer the vaccine



Prenatal Antiepileptic Drugs Affect Fine Motor Skills in Infants
Less impaired development in children continuously breastfeeding



Abnormal BMI Tips Scale Toward Pregnancy Complications, Study Says
Women too thin or too heavy had longer hospital stays, added costs



High Maternal BMI Tied to Worse Outcomes, Higher Costs
Overweight, obese, and severely obese have increased hypertension, diabetes, C-section risk



Fidelity to Prenatal Care Model Proves Beneficial
CenteringPregnancy prenatal model reduces preterm birth and intensive utilization of care



Health Tip: Easing the Discomfort of Late Pregnancy
What to do for certain conditions



Asthma Care Critical During Pregnancy, Study Finds
Close monitoring needed, regardless of severity, researchers say



Alcohol Consumption Prevalent in Early Pregnancy in Ireland
No increases in adverse pregnancy outcomes, even among those reporting binge drinking



Maternal Opioid Use Ups Risk of Neural Tube Defects
A 2.2-fold increase in risk translates to a neural tube defect prevalence of 5.9 per 10,000 live births



Medicaid Paying for More U.S. Births: Study
Coverage included nearly half of childbirths by 2010, researchers say



Smoking Plus Asthma in Pregnancy May Make for 'Dangerous Situation'
The risk of poor health outcomes for mother and baby shouldn't be underestimated, researchers say



Whooping Cough Risk Higher Among Kids Who Miss Vaccinations: Study
It's important to get all doses without delay, researchers say



Study Sees No Link Between Drinking During Early Pregnancy and Birth Woes
The research didn't examine long-term health threats; March of Dimes critical of the findings



Study of Topical Corticosteroid Use in Pregnancy Reassuring
No adverse outcomes studied linked except low birth weight with high potency exposure



Gestational Diabetes Tied to Increased Sleep Apnea Risk
Pregnant women with gestational diabetes lose over an hour of sleep each night



New Moms, the Obese Prone to Flu Complications, Analysis Finds
But pregnant women not at high risk for problems, as previously thought



Hormone Test May Indicate Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Low levels of adiponectin prior to pregnancy may identify women at high risk for GDM



Drinking Before First Pregnancy Raises Risk of Breast Cancer: Study
Experts urge alcohol moderation for women during this time of life



Provisional Guidelines Issued for Lifting in Pregnancy
National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety-based guidelines applied to pregnant women



Babies May Remember Words Heard Before Birth
Study found repeated exposure to a 'pseudoword' during late stages of pregnancy led infant's brains to react to it



Early Auditory Learning May Begin in the Womb
Infants can recognize changes in speech heard before birth



Sleep Apnea Seen in Pregnant Women With Gestational Diabetes
Small study finds they face higher risk of the night-time breathing disorder



Move More to Control Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Study
Staying active throughout the day helps prevent obesity-related complications



Pregnancy Linked to Sleep Apnea, Especially With GDM
Gestational diabetes linked to increased odds of obstructive sleep apnea, after adjustment for BMI



Midwife-Led Care Improves Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes
Women without serious medical or obstetric complications should be offered midwife-led care



Talking to Your Daughter About Puberty
Expert shares tips for parents of tweens



Metformin Usually Adequate for Control of Gestational Diabetes
About 26 percent of women initially treated with metformin require supplemental insulin



Children of Obese Mothers at Higher Risk of Early Death
Maternal obesity during pregnancy ups risk of premature death in adult offspring



Pregnant and Obese: Early Deaths Noted Among Offspring
Study findings suggest need for weight control before conception



Infertility Rate Declines Among U.S. Couples
CDC report challenges perception that problem is growing as more women seek treatment



Cultural 'Myths' Could Shape Pregnant Women's Expectations
Study found media, friends influence concerns about symptoms like morning sickness



First-Trimester Biomarker May Help Identify Early GDM Risk
Glycosylated fibronectin may identify women in first trimester at risk for gestational diabetes



Black Infants in U.S. Twice as Likely to Die as Whites: CDC
South has highest rates of infant mortality, gov't report finds



Typical Pregnancy Length May Vary More Than Thought
By measuring hormones, researchers found 37-day difference in gestation



Dental Care Safe for Pregnant Women: Experts
Cleanings, dental X-rays don't pose a hazard, medical group says



1 in 3 Young U.S. Women Uses 'Withdrawal' for Birth Control
But new study confirms that it's not good for preventing pregnancy



Mother's Asthma During Pregnancy May Raise Child's Health Risks
Large study of Danish women followed their children up to age 6



Asthma During Pregnancy Linked to Disease in Offspring
Higher risk of infectious and respiratory diseases



Obese Women Just As Likely to Have Success Using IVF With Donor Eggs
Study found similar pregnancy, live birth and miscarriage rates compared to normal-weight women



Antioxidant Supplements Don't Help Women Get Pregnant: Review
Fertility clinic patients taking these products were no more likely to conceive, researchers say



Bump Seen in Substance Abuse Treatment During Pregnancy
But number of women entering programs for alcohol use went down over last decade, U.S. report says



Alcohol Use Down, Drug Use Up Among Pregnant Women
From 2000 to 2010, percentage of pregnant women reporting drug abuse up from 51.1 to 63.8



Ob-Gyns Should Discuss Oral Hygiene With All Patients
Prevention, diagnosis, treatment of oral health conditions safe during pregnancy



Prenatal Mercury Exposure, ASD Behaviors Not Linked
Cohort study from Republic of Seychelles, with high fish consumption, shows no consistent link



Smoking in Pregnancy Linked to Offspring Conduct Problems
Based on three studies, link seen in children reared by genetically related, unrelated mothers



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



Study Sees No Link Between Mercury Exposure, Autistic Behavior
The chemical is often found in fish, prompting many pregnant women to avoid the food



Family Medicine Continues to Provide Care for Pregnant Women
Study highlights regional differences and need for care coordination with multiple care providers



Health Tip: Don't Despair About Your Pregnant Body
Understand that changes are necessary



Pregnancy Odds Good for Childhood Cancer Survivors, Study Finds
'It just might be a little harder,' researcher says



Shift Work Might Affect Women's Periods, Fertility: Study
Women who only worked at night also had higher odds for miscarriage, researchers say



Mother's Immune System Might Play Role in Certain Cases of Autism
'Auto-antibodies' in maternal blood appear tied to particular form of the condition, studies find



Obesity May Reduce Odds of IVF Success, Study Finds
Overweight women should lose weight before trying to conceive, researchers say



Month of Conception Might Raise Odds of Premature Birth: Study
Mom's exposure to flu during third trimester appears to be a key risk factor, researchers say



Health Tip: Why Take Folic Acid?
It can help prevent birth defects



Birth Defect Risk Doubles in Children Born to Cousins: Study
Risk is also doubled for offspring of women over age 34, U.K. researchers report



Rhesus D Immunization in Pregnancy Examined
Sensitization with first-born in half of women; most anti-D antibodies develop in 2nd, 3rd trimester



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



ACOG Considers Early Pregnancy Within Scope of Gynecology Care
Distinction relevant to professional liability coverage for those in gynecology-only practices



Prenatal Iron Intake Beneficial for Moms and Babies
Linked to increased maternal hemoglobin concentration; drop in anemia, low birth weight



Iron Supplements May Prevent Anemia During Pregnancy
The benefits also include improved birth weights, analysis shows



Fetal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Tied to Hearing Loss in Teens
The auditory deficit was small but significant, researchers say



Polluted Air Linked to Autism Risk
Pregnant women who live with smog at higher risk, but experts caution the finding is not definitive



Study Links Autism to Perinatal Exposure to Air Pollutants
Significant links for pollutants, including diesel, mercury; links stronger for boys than girls



Could 'Moderate' Drinking Be Safe During Pregnancy?
British study finds no problems with balance in kids, but some experts have concerns about the findings



Rates of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Vary by State
Obesity is largest single factor affecting variability in rates of gestational diabetes between states



Thyroid Disease-Pregnancy Complications Link Explored
Increased risk of ICU admission, preeclampsia, and preterm birth linked with hypo/hyperthyroidism



Did Men's Yen for Younger Women Cause Menopause?
Study found bias may have sidelined older women sexually, prompted changes that led to infertility



Metformin Doesn't Reduce Gestational Diabetes With PCOS
Deterioration of insulin sensitivity is not affected by metformin treatment



Pesticide Exposure Linked to Changes in Fetal Movement: Study
Findings underscore need to protect developing brain, researcher says



Iodine Supplements May Be Too Much of a Good Thing
Avoid excessively high doses, thyroid experts warn



Biomarker May Predict Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
Increased levels of soluble (pro)renin receptor may be an early sign of gestational diabetes



Overweight and Obesity Linked to Risk of Preterm Delivery
Increasing BMI ups risk for preterm delivery, especially extremely preterm delivery



Hurricane Readiness Tips for Pregnant Women
Planning ahead can reduce some of the stress in storm situations, New Orleans expert says



Health Tip: Stay Healthier Throughout Pregnancy
Visit your doctor regularly



Listeria Food Poisoning Hits Elderly, Moms-to-Be Hardest: CDC
Most recent cases linked to soft cheeses, produce



Thyroid Disorders Tied to Complications in Pregnancy
Up to 4 percent of pregnancies involve mothers with thyroid conditions, study authors say



Task Force: Screen for Gestational Diabetes After 24 Weeks of Pregnancy
Practice would provide a substantial benefit with few risks, experts say



ACOG Endorses CDC Vaccine Recommendations in Pregnancy
Given newborn's vulnerability to pertussis, Tdap vaccine recommended during each pregnancy



USPSTF Recommends Gestational DM Screening After 24 Weeks
Few data available for gestational diabetes screening before 24 gestational weeks



Women's Weight-Loss Surgery May Benefit Later Offspring
Study links procedure to genetic activity in children



Bowel Issues Affect 3 Out of 4 Pregnant Women
These problems don't significantly affect quality of life, study says



In Utero Smoke Exposure Ups Subsequent Health Risks
Mothers' smoking increases daughters' chances of gestational diabetes, obesity



Low Prenatal Iodine May Affect Child's Brain Development
Mothers with deficiency had kids with lower IQs and reading ability, researchers say



Iodine Deficiency Has Negative Impact on Child Cognition
Mild deficiency linked to low scores on verbal IQ, reading accuracy, and reading comprehension



Even Mild Iodine Deficiency Can Affect Child's Cognition
Mild deficiency during pregnancy has effect on fetal neuro-cognition that persists at age 9



American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, May 4-8, 2013



Health Tip: Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy
Be sure to eat right



Pregnancy Adds Challenge for Teens Treated for Drug Abuse, Report Says
Substance-abuse programs may improve young women's education, income prospects



Study Sees Link Between Mom's Flu, Bipolar Risk for Children
But the risk is small and the connection hasn't been proven, researchers say



Birth Rates Good After Implanting 1 Embryo, Study Finds
IVF infertility treatments may have better outcomes with 1 'screened' embryo versus 2 'unscreened' embryos



In-Utero Exposure to Migraine Drugs May Lower Offspring IQ
FDA recommends pregnant women avoid certain migraine medicines completely



For Pregnant Smokers, Vitamin C Might Help Babies' Lungs
Small study suggests infants of women who take supplements have lower risk of wheezing



FDA Warns Pregnant Women About Migraine Drugs
Medicines containing valproate linked to lower IQs in children, agency says



PAS: Prenatal Vitamin C Cuts Wheeze in Infants of Smokers
Vitamin C seems to have greatest effect on infants born to pregnant smokers with rs16969968 allele



Can High-Protein, Low-Carb Diet Boost Fertility Treatment?
That's the conclusion of small, early study of women undergoing in vitro fertilization



Extreme Birth Weights Tied to Autism in Swedish Study
Newborns who weigh much more or less than average may be at risk for disorder, researchers say



White House to Challenge Ruling on Unlimited Access to 'Morning-After' Pill
Move follows FDA decision that only women 15 or older could get emergency contraceptive without prescription



Obama Administration to Challenge Judge's Ruling on 'Morning-After' Pill
Move follows FDA ruling that females aged 15 or older could get Plan B drug without a prescription



FDA Approves 'Morning-After' Pill Without a Prescription
Females aged 15 or older to gain access to Plan B drug over-the-counter



Keep Beauty Regimen Safe During Pregnancy, Doctor Advises
Helpful tips can reassure expectant mothers about their hair, nail and skin care treatments



Pediatrician Group Issues Home Birth Policy Statement
A caregiver dedicated solely to the baby should be present, organization advises



Review Looks at Best Modality for Diagnosing Ectopic Pregnancy
Sonogram found to be best diagnostic method for women with abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding



Ultrasound Best Detector of Dangerous Ectopic Pregnancies, Study Finds
Women with symptoms in early pregnancy shouldn't rely on clinical exam alone, experts say



Maternal Use of Valproate Ups Risk of Autism in Offspring
Significantly increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, childhood autism with prenatal exposure



Teen Births May Increase Risk of Obesity Later in Life
Having a child before age 20 linked to 32 percent greater odds of obesity, study finds



No Tie Between Light Drinking During Pregnancy, Child's Development: Study
No mental deficit for 7-year-olds born to mothers who drank once or twice a week; one doctor urges caution



U.S. Infant Mortality Rates Finally Dropping Again: Report
After years of no change, overall rate declined 12 percent from 2005 to 2011



Low-Carb Diet Doesn't Improve Gestational Diabetes Outcomes
Insulin needs, pregnancy outcomes no different with low carbohydrate versus control diet



Babies Born Even Slightly Early May Lag Behind: Study
Women urged to rethink early elective C-sections, inductions unless medically needed



Health Tip: Ease Leg Cramps During Pregnancy
Stretch the muscles gently



4.4 mmol/L Is Optimal Fasting Glucose Cutoff for GDM Screening
Chinese study concludes strategy could halve oral glucose tolerance tests needed in pregnancy



Fish Oil Has No Effect on Depression in Pregnancy
Does not prevent depression during pregnancy or post-partum for at-risk women



Collaborative Program Can Cut Early-Term Deliveries
Significant reduction seen in elective scheduled early-term deliveries to less than 5 percent



Diclegis Approved for Morning Sickness
Among pregnant women who haven't responded to other treatments



Diclegis Approved for Nausea/Vomiting in Pregnancy
Doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride approved to treat pregnant women experiencing nausea and vomiting



FDA Allows Return of Drug for Morning Sickness
Safety issues resolved, experts say Diclegis' return is long overdue



Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Might Raise Child's Cancer Risk: Study
But research needs replication before conclusions are drawn, experts say



Judge: Make Morning-After Pill Available to All Females
Until now, girls 16 and younger needed a prescription for the emergency contraception



More U.S. Couples Living Together Instead of Marrying, CDC Finds
And more women getting pregnant while cohabiting



Repeat Births by Teen Girls Still Too High: CDC
20 percent are repeat births and these babies face health risks, agency says



In-Person Recruitment Most Effective to Reach Moms-to-Be
Hospital-based prenatal clinics also yield higher numbers of pregnant study participants



Time to Pregnancy Is Linked to Neurological Dysfunction
Subfertility and not fertility treatment may be responsible for mild dysfunction in children



Rubella in Pregnancy Rare in U.S., But Can Be Devastating for Baby
'German measles' caused serious birth defects in 3 cases in 3 states in 2012, health officials say



Vitamin D Important During Pregnancy, Study Suggests
Too little may raise risk for complications, researchers find



Texts Do Not Promote Flu Vaccination During Pregnancy
Related study examines factors predicting which women would seek out vaccine



Maternal Grief Linked to Baby's Congenital Heart Disease Risk
Prenatal exposure to emotional stress boosts odds, especially if mom lost a child or partner



Working While Pregnant Won't Harm the Baby, Study Finds
Employment didn't raise risk of preterm, low birth-weight baby, researchers report



Flu Season Continues to Wind Down
38 states reported minimal activity last week, CDC says



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



Health Tip: Enjoy Safe Exercise During Pregnancy
Follow these safety guidelines and talk to your doctor



Vitamin D Levels in Pregnancy May Not Affect Kids' Future Bone Health
Fewer mothers-to-be need supplementation than currently recommended, U.K. study suggests



Maternal Vitamin D Not Linked to Child Bone Mineral Content
No difference in bone mineral content at age 9 to 10 years with sufficient, deficient maternal 25(OH)D



More Evidence Whooping Cough Protection Wanes
Vaccine still recommended, although it appears to weaken after fifth dose, study finds



Neonatal Size Unaffected by Gestational Diabetes Drugs
Changes in metabolic markers similar with metformin and insulin treatment



Flu Infections Continue to Decline
33 states experienced minimal activity last week, CDC says



Health Tip: Experiencing Nosebleeds During Pregnancy?
Here's what to do to avoid them



Combo Treatment Might Beat Epidural to Ease Labor: Study
But experts say decision for pain relief still lies with woman and her doctor



C-Section Rates Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals
Ranged from 7 percent of all births to nearly 70 percent, study finds



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



Pregnancy Boosts Size of Women's Feet, Study Finds
These changes may also increase risk for arthritis, researcher says



Ob-Gyn Group Lists Procedures That May Not Be Needed
As part of the 'Choosing Wisely' campaign, ACOG asks docs, patients to question certain practices



Health Tip: Coping With Itching During Pregnancy
Try these suggestions



Babies Born to Obese Women Show Thicker Arteries: Study
This could be a very early signal of cardiovascular issues, Australian researchers say



Caffeine Linked to Low Birth Weight and SGA Babies
Higher risk of low birth weight, small for gestational age; risk of preterm delivery not up



U.S. Teen Birth Rates Highest in Rural Areas, Research Shows
Major cities had biggest decline in teen childbearing over the last 2 decades



No Risks to Pregnancy Seen With Morning Sickness Drug
Large Danish study of odansetron found no rise in miscarriage, birth defects



Teen Pregnancy-Prevention Program Works, Study Says
Youth development is an essential component



Fetal Heart May Develop Later in Pregnancy Than Thought
British study suggests muscle may not be fully formed until 20th week



Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Feb. 11-16, 2013



Brains of Fetuses 'Build a Bridge' Between Regions, Images Show
Research might one day lead to better treatments for disorders such as ADHD, autism, scientists say



Too Much Coffee in Pregnancy Tied to Smaller, Later Newborns, Study Says
Pregnant women should limit the amount of caffeine they take in, experts state



Flu Levels Continue to Fall, CDC Says
Activity has decreased in many areas, data shows



Use of Morning-After Pill on the Rise: CDC
Dramatic surge seen in emergency contraception, especially among women between 20 and 24