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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

  • Benefits of Iron Supplements Unclear for Pregnant Women, Young Children

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking iron supplements during pregnancy doesn’t appear to significantly change any health outcomes for mom or baby, a new review shows. A second review — this one on infants and toddlers — found no evidence that iron supplements improved growth or development. Both conclusions come from a [...]

  • Gestational Diabetes Drug Might Raise Babies’ Complication Risk

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When used to treat diabetes that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), the drug glyburide has been linked to a number of complications in the baby, according to a new study. In fact, infants born to mothers given glyburide (DiaBeta) during pregnancy had a higher risk of [...]

  • Kidney Dialysis Increasing for Pregnant Women

    FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report that more pregnant women are developing kidney failure, an apparent product of the growing prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the United States. Even though severe kidney disease lowers the likelihood of pregnancy, nearly half of 75 kidney specialists reported in a survey that they’d treated [...]

  • E-Cigarettes May Pose a Risk in Pregnancy and to Children

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes may damage the developing brains of infants in the womb, as well as the brains of children and adolescents, suggests a new review of nicotine’s effects. Animal experiments have shown that exposure to nicotine can harm developing lungs and brains, according to [...]

  • Fetal Faces Seem to React to Mom’s Smoking

    WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a new study, 4-D scans of fetal faces showed differences in expression between those carried by women who smoked versus those carried by women who didn’t. The British researchers believe the differences in fetal facial movements may point to the harm caused by smoking during pregnancy. “Technology means [...]

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