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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

  • Teen Birth Rate Has Dropped Dramatically in Last Two Decades: CDC

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — U.S. teen birth rates fell dramatically during the past two decades, plummeting 57 percent and saving taxpayers billions of dollars, a new government report shows. An estimated 4 million fewer births occurred among teenagers as a result of the decline, according to researchers from the U.S. [...]

  • All Pregnant Women Need Flu Shot: Ob/Gyn Group

    TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A group representing U.S. obstetricians is calling for all pregnant women to get a flu shot. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), several studies released in recent years have upheld the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccination during pregnancy. “The flu virus is highly infectious and [...]

  • Parent’s Smoking Affects Children’s Health for Years

    Smoking while pregnant or around an infant has long been linked to development of asthma and allergies in young children. Now, researchers have found that the risk may persist into the teen years.

  • Preemies’ Thinking Skills May Catch Up by Adolescence

    By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new Australian study offers some potentially reassuring news to parents of preemies who are worried about their child’s intellectual development: By adolescence, many of these infants appear to catch up to classmates who weren’t born early. But some U.S. experts said the findings may [...]

  • In Neonatal ICU, Hand Washing Plus Gloves May Curb Infections

    MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Extremely premature babies are less likely to develop infections when medical staff wear gloves after washing their hands, compared with just hand washing, a new study finds. Researchers looked at infections and cases of so-called necrotizing enterocolitis — tissue death in the intestines — among 120 extremely preterm babies [...]

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