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
MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who drink before they conceive or during the first three months of pregnancy might be at increased risk of having a premature or small baby, new research finds. The study included more than 1,200 pregnant women in the United Kingdom who provided information about their drinking habits shortly [...]
By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pregnancy isn’t a license to gain weight, say researchers who have found that heavier moms-to-be tend to have fatter babies at greater risk for serious health issues. Bigger babies can pose problems during delivery, and a baby that’s large for its age is at higher risk [...]
THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New mothers are much more likely to get a whooping cough shot if hospitals make it a standing order, a new study finds. Vaccinating new mothers against whooping cough (pertussis) protects both them and their babies against the disease, the study authors say. Researchers looked at whooping cough vaccination rates [...]
TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Expectant mothers are often told to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and a new study adds to evidence that a healthy diet is linked to a reduced risk of premature birth. Researchers analyzed data gathered from more than 66,000 pregnant women in Norway between 2002 and 2008. Premature [...]
The percentage of U.S. women choosing to give birth at home or in a birthing center rather than a hospital has grown by 56 percent in less than a decade, according to a new government report.