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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

  • Preterm or Small Birth Tied to Long-Term Risks to Heart, Brain

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies born early or at low birth weight are at risk later in life of having smaller, less efficient brains or health problems that increase their risk for heart disease, according to a pair of new studies. But even though these children face potential lifetime [...]

  • Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children. Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk of autism in children whose mothers [...]

  • Hormone Might Help Preemies’ Brains

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A hormone used to reduce the need for blood transfusions might also protect the brains of premature babies, a new study suggests. Synthetic erythropoietin (EPO), which stimulates red blood cell production, appears to prevent brain damage when used shortly after preterm birth, said lead researcher Dr. [...]

  • Obama Administration Offers New Rules for Religious Objections to Health Care Law

    FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan, while respecting the views of companies that objected to the provision on [...]

  • Administration Offers New Rules for Religious Objections to Health Care Law

    FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan, while respecting the views of companies that objected to the provision on [...]

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