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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

  • Mom’s Age at Childbirth Tied to Son’s Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

    FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A woman’s age at childbirth may influence how well her son is able to metabolize sugar by the time he becomes an adult, new Belgian research suggests. In essence, the study suggests that boys born to mothers under the age of 25 or over the age of 34 could [...]

  • Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla.

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors in the United States are seeing more infants born addicted to narcotic painkillers — a problem highlighted by a new Florida-based report. These infants experience what’s called neonatal abstinence syndrome as they undergo withdrawal from the addictive drugs their mothers took during pregnancy. Most often [...]

  • In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.

    TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, the researchers reported. Almost 175,000 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles led to the birth [...]

  • 1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

    FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High levels of nicotine were found in the hair of many children with premature birth-related lung disease whose parents claimed not to smoke, a new study finds. The lung disease bronchopulmonary dysplasia often occurs in children who were born prematurely. Not surprisingly, exposure to tobacco smoke can be harmful [...]

  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — After undergoing weight-loss surgery, women are significantly less prone to diabetes during pregnancy but twice as likely to deliver smaller-than-normal infants, a new study suggests. Swedish scientists found that weight-loss (or “bariatric”) surgery before pregnancy lowers the chances of certain complications for mothers and babies but [...]

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