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
Pregnant women who live in smog-filled areas may be twice as likely to have children with autism, a new study suggests. “The study does not prove that pollution increases risk for autism. It found an association,” cautioned lead author Andrea Roberts, a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. “It adds to the weight of the evidence that there may be something in air pollution that increases risk for autism.”
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) — Children of women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol while pregnant don’t appear to have any neurodevelopmental problems when it comes to balance, a new British study suggests. Researchers assessed the long-term health impact of drinking while pregnant by testing roughly 7,000 10-year-olds on their balancing [...]
By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) — Can women blame men for menopause? They may have a case, according to new research that suggests it was men’s interest in mating with younger females that gave evolutionary rise to menopause by sidelining older women from reproduction. Menopause — when a woman stops getting menstrual periods [...]
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) — Taking high doses of iodine and kelp supplements can be hazardous to your health, warns the American Thyroid Association. Adequate iodine intake is required for normal function of the thyroid, a gland in the neck that produces hormones that control the rate of many bodily activities. But too much iodine [...]
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) — A pregnant woman’s exposure to environmental contaminants affects her unborn baby’s heart rate and movement, a new study says. “Both fetal motor activity and heart rate reveal how the fetus is maturing and give us a way to evaluate how exposures may be affecting the developing nervous system,” study lead [...]