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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

  • In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.

    TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, the researchers reported. Almost 175,000 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles led to the birth [...]

  • 1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

    FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High levels of nicotine were found in the hair of many children with premature birth-related lung disease whose parents claimed not to smoke, a new study finds. The lung disease bronchopulmonary dysplasia often occurs in children who were born prematurely. Not surprisingly, exposure to tobacco smoke can be harmful [...]

  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — After undergoing weight-loss surgery, women are significantly less prone to diabetes during pregnancy but twice as likely to deliver smaller-than-normal infants, a new study suggests. Swedish scientists found that weight-loss (or “bariatric”) surgery before pregnancy lowers the chances of certain complications for mothers and babies but [...]

  • Sound of Mother’s Voice in Womb May Aid Fetal Brain Growth

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Babies may get a brain boost in the womb when they hear the voices and heartbeats of their mothers, a new study suggests. Researchers studying premature babies in the hospital found that the sound centers in the babies’ brains grew more quickly when they heard recordings [...]

  • Plastics Chemical Tied to Changes in Boys’ Reproductive Development

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When expectant mothers are exposed to plastics chemicals called phthalates during the first trimester, their male offspring may have a greater risk of infertility later in life, a new study suggests. Boys exposed to the chemical diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) may be born with a significantly shorter [...]

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