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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

  • Probiotics May Not Shield ‘Preemies’ From Serious Illness, Study Finds

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Probiotics don’t protect very preterm infants from serious complications, such as a bowel condition called necrotizing enterocolitis, sepsis or death, according to a new study. The findings challenge previous research that suggested potential benefits from probiotics, the British researchers said. Probiotics are good bacteria found in certain foods and [...]

  • Progesterone May Not Help Prevent Repeat Miscarriage, Study Finds

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking progesterone supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy may not improve the odds of motherhood for women with a history of miscarriage, a new study finds. Researchers found that among more than 800 women with one or more unexplained miscarriages, those who received the hormone [...]

  • Too Many Pregnant Women Gain Too Much Weight: Doctors’ Group

    MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women need to exercise and eat healthy foods during and after pregnancy in order to combat overweight and obesity and related health problems, women’s health experts say. More than half of reproductive-age women in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the American College of Obstetricians and [...]

  • The Good News About Caffeine and Pregnancy

    Moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy don’t appear to be linked to a child’s risk for lower IQ or behavior problems.

  • Most First-Time Moms Plan to Follow Vaccine Schedule

    FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Three-quarters of first-time expectant mothers plan to follow the recommended vaccination schedule for their children, a new study finds. But the survey of 200 American women pregnant with their first child also found that 10.5 percent planned to spread out the recommended vaccination schedule, 4 percent planned to have [...]

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