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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

  • Many Flu Infections Aren’t Good Match for Vaccine: CDC

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. And more than half of the flu infections examined so far have been caused by the strain known as influenza [...]

  • Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 1,800 U.S. women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, those exposed to [...]

  • Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While women’s hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy are well-known, new research shows that men experience swings of their own as their partner’s pregnancy progresses. “There are hormonal changes going on with men as well, and they occur earlier than other studies have suggested,” said lead researcher Robin [...]

  • FDA Warns Against Fetal ‘Keepsake’ Videos

    TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Expectant parents should leave prenatal picture-taking to medical professionals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends. Use of ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors to get “keepsake” images and videos is not entirely risk-free, the agency warns. “Although there is a lack of evidence of any harm due to ultrasound [...]

  • Many Americans Still Haven’t Gotten a Flu Shot

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said Thursday. Worse, some people are thinking about skipping this year’s flu shot, based on [...]

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