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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

  • No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, during pregnancy or giving it to young children does not raise the risk of childhood asthma, a new study finds. Concerns have been raised that the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and/or early in a child’s life may be associated with the development [...]

  • Flu Season Off to a Slow Start … for Now

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — This year’s flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that’s likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says. “We are starting to see a little more flu in the country, [...]

  • Kids Born to Overweight Moms May Face Higher Heart Risks as Adults

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight or obese women who get pregnant are much more likely to have a child who suffers from heart disease as an adult, new research suggests. But it looks like environment may play a greater role than genetics in that trend, the researchers added. “Mothers who are [...]

  • Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The proportion of women dependent on drugs such as narcotic painkillers or heroin during pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade and a half, a new study finds, though it still remains below a half-percent of all pregnancies. The study covers a [...]

  • Preterm-Birth Complications Leading Global Killer of Young Children

    MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than 3,000 children under the age of 5 die worldwide each day from preterm birth complications, making it the leading cause of death among young children, a new study reports. That means that for the first time in history, complications from preterm births are the leading killer of [...]

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