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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

  • Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exposure in the womb to household chemicals known as phthalates might increase a child’s future risk of developing asthma, Columbia University researchers reported in a new study. Children had nearly an 80 percent increased risk of developing asthma between age 5 and 11 if their mothers [...]

  • Researchers Don’t See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies

    TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although magnesium sulfate is routinely given to pregnant women at risk for very preterm delivery, new research suggests it won’t provide any long-term benefits for infants. After analyzing the effects of magnesium sulfate given to pregnant women, researchers in Australia found it had no benefit on brain, behavioral, growth [...]

  • Study Ties Multiple Births to Higher Costs, Complications

    MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Births of multiple babies cost more and pose greater risks for complications and death than singleton births, researchers report. The researchers suggest that limiting embryo transfers for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) could ease some of that burden. Over the past 30 years, multiple births have increased in tandem [...]

  • Failed Infertility Treatments Linked to Worse Mental Health

    Women who continue to long for a baby years after infertility treatments fail have worse mental health than women who are able to let go of that desire, according to a large new European study.

  • Mom’s Response to Baby’s Cry a Matter of Memory

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A mother’s response to her baby’s crying may be influenced by her own childhood, a new study reports. The research involved 259 first-time mothers who were followed from pregnancy until their babies were 6 months old. It was conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro [...]

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