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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

  • Is Gestational Diabetes Linked to Autism?

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pregnancy-related diabetes may increase the risk a child will develop autism, new research suggests. The blood sugar disorder, known as gestational diabetes, was linked to a moderately increased risk for an autism spectrum disorder in a study of more than 320,000 U.S. children, said study researcher [...]

  • Narcotic Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby: Study

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Use of prescription narcotic painkillers is common in pregnancy and increases the likelihood a baby will be born small or early, or go through painful drug withdrawal, a new study finds. These prescription painkillers, also called opioids, include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin), codeine [...]

  • Women Born Early at Greater Risk of Delivering Preemies, Study Suggests

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who were born prematurely may be more likely to deliver their own babies early, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that the odds of delivering a preterm infant — born before 37 weeks of pregnancy — rose more than 40 percent for women who [...]

  • Placenta Test Measures Babies’ Exposure to Arsenic

    TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A pregnant woman’s placenta can reliably measure exposure to the toxic metal arsenic in both the mother and her unborn baby, new research finds. “Our findings show placental arsenic concentrations reflect both maternal and fetal biomarker concentrations,” said the study’s lead author, Tracy Punshon, a research assistant professor of [...]

  • Newer Test for Down Syndrome Called ‘Major Advance’

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A DNA-based blood test appears to be more effective in detecting possible Down syndrome in unborn children than other screening methods for the genetic disorder, researchers say. The test exhibited perfect accuracy in a clinical trial, detecting Down syndrome in all 38 women whose children had [...]

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