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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

  • Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Birth Control

    WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sexually active teenage girls who are obese are less likely to use birth control than teens who aren’t overweight, a new study reports. What’s more, those overweight teens who do use some form of contraception are less likely than their normal-weight peers to use it regularly, the researchers said. [...]

  • Umbilical Cord ‘Milking’ May Help Preemies Delivered by C-Section

    TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Gently massaging the umbilical cords of preterm infants delivered by C-section may improve their blood pressure, boost blood flow and increase levels of red blood cells, a new study finds. Researchers suggest this technique could offer these preemies greater health benefits than the current method of delaying cord clamping for [...]

  • One Stillbirth Greatly Raises Odds for Another: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who’ve had one stillbirth have a four times higher risk of having another stillbirth compared to women who’ve had a live birth, British researchers report. The researchers defined stillbirth as a fetal death at more than 20 weeks gestation or a weight at time of [...]

  • Pregnancy Results Good for Women Who Have Lupus

    Not long ago, women with lupus were often told pregnancy was too risky. But new research confirms that when the disease is under control, women usually have healthy pregnancies and babies.

  • Doctors Should Urge Against Pot Use During Pregnancy: Guidelines

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors should discourage women from using marijuana during pregnancy, due to the potential effects that pot’s active ingredients can have on a child’s brain development, new guidelines state. The recommendation was released Monday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). “When you look at the [...]

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