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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

  • Plastics’ Chemical May Affect Baby Boys’ Genital Development

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to a common plastics’ chemical during pregnancy may have effects on genital development in baby boys, a small study hints. Researchers found that baby boys born to moms with greater exposure to a chemical called DiNP tended to have a shorter anogenital distance — the [...]

  • More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth. The study found that between 2.4 percent and 4.8 percent of children have [...]

  • Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter’s Weight Later

    THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Daughters of women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant may be at increased risk for being obese later in childhood, a new study suggests. The research included more than 400 girls in California who were followed from 2005 to 2011, with annual visits to check their height, weight, body [...]

  • Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section, Study Finds

    THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cesarean delivery was the most common inpatient surgery in the United States in 2011 and was used in nearly one-third of all deliveries, research shows. The new study found that 1.3 million babies were delivered by cesarean section in 2011. The findings also revealed wide variations in [...]

  • Fertility Treatments Aren’t Significantly Linked to Birth Defects

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The risk of birth defects is low among children conceived using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 300,000 births in Massachusetts between 2004 and 2008. Of those babies, 11,000 were conceived using ART. Assisted reproductive technologies include fertility treatments where both eggs [...]

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