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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

  • Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines for Hospital Release of Newborns

    MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released updated guidelines for judging whether or not a newborn is ready to leave the hospital. The decision to allow a healthy newborn to go home is made after careful review by health providers, but there can be wide variation in [...]

  • Antibiotics May Be Overused in Many Neonatal ICUs, Study Finds

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Antibiotics appear to be overused in many neonatal intensive care units, new research suggests. Just how overused these medications were varied widely, the study authors found. Some neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) gave antibiotics to newborns at a rate 40 times greater than rates at other [...]

  • 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 [...]

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