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Pregnancy and Childbirth

A healthy pregnancy starts long before you actually become pregnant. If you’re thinking about having a baby, see your doctor about prenatal nutrition (which often includes taking folic acid supplements), quitting smoking, and other healthy lifestyle changes.

Pregnancy and Childbirth News

  • First Part of Ejaculate May Be Primed for Conception

    TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The initial portion of ejaculate is most likely to lead to conception, a small new study suggests. Spanish researchers found that the first fraction of ejaculate contains more sperm, and that these sperm are more active and have better quality DNA than those that follow. The findings confirm that the [...]

  • Delaying Umbilical Cord Clamping Might Boost Child Development

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Waiting about three minutes to clamp the umbilical cord following a baby’s delivery may help improve children’s fine-motor and social skills at age 4 years, new Swedish research suggests. The researchers said postponing the clamping of the cord allows continued flow of fetal blood from the [...]

  • More Babies Born to Mothers Addicted to Pain Meds

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of infants born to American mothers addicted to prescription pain medications is rising, and so are the costs of treating those babies, researchers report. The new research supports recent recommendations to screen or test pregnant women for substance abuse, according to the study’s authors. Done over three years [...]

  • The Surprising Health Risk of Being Pregnant With A Boy

    A baby’s gender appears to affect a mother’s risk for diabetes during pregnancy — called gestational diabetes — and type 2 diabetes after pregnancy, a new study suggests.

  • Antidepressants Ease Postpartum Depression, Study Finds

    TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Antidepressants seem to help women deal with postpartum depression after childbirth, according to a new review. “Our findings are important due to the limited research exploring the use of antidepressants to treat postnatal depression,” study first author Emma Molyneaux, of King’s College London in England, said in a college [...]

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