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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

  • A Third of Young Women Fill Narcotic Painkiller Prescriptions Every Year

    Too many women of childbearing age take narcotic painkillers, putting any unborn babies at risk, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

  • More Extreme Preemies Are Surviving, Study Finds

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More extremely premature U.S. infants — those born after only 22 to 28 weeks of gestation — are surviving, a new study finds. From 2000 to 2011, deaths among these infants from breathing complications, underdevelopment, infections and nervous system problems all declined. However, deaths from [...]

  • Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury’s Harms?

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Despite concerns over mercury exposure, pregnant women who eat lots of fish may not harm their unborn children, a new study suggests. Three decades of research in the Seychelles, the islands in the Indian Ocean, found no developmental problems in children born to women who consume [...]

  • Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC

    THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, federal officials reported Thursday. That decrease means 1,300 fewer babies are born annually with neural tube [...]

  • Sleeping on Back in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk in Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who sleep on their backs in the later months of pregnancy may have a relatively higher risk of stillbirth if they already have other risk factors, a new study suggests. Experts stressed that the findings do not prove that sleep position itself affects stillbirth risk. “We [...]

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