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Pregnancy and Childbirth

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

  • What You Need to Know If You Had High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

    Women with high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to face the same health problem later in life, a new study suggests.

  • Obesity May Be Linked to Greater Risk of Stillbirth

    FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Obese pregnant women may have a nearly twofold increased risk of stillbirth, a new study says. The leading reasons for that higher risk appear to be high blood pressure and placental disorders, the researchers suggested. “We’ve known for some time that obese women are more likely to have stillbirths, but [...]

  • Parents’ Clothing Can Infect Newborns in Intensive Care

    TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The clothing of parents and visitors may spread dangerous respiratory infections to infants in an neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a Australian study suggests. Four percent of swabs taken from the personal clothing of caregivers and visitors in the NICU at Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney had detectable [...]

  • Mom’s Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Heart Defect Risk at Birth

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who eat healthy diets prior to pregnancy are less likely to have a baby born with a heart defect, researchers report. Women who followed a very healthy diet were 37 percent less likely than those who ate poorly to have a baby with tetralogy of [...]

  • ADHD Risk Rises for Each Week a Preemie Is Born Early

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The more premature a child is born, the higher the likelihood of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a recent Finnish study. Babies born particularly underweight or overweight for their gestational age also had an increased risk of ADHD, researchers found. “Although ADHD is more [...]

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