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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

  • Climate Change May Lead to Low Newborn Weights in Poorer Nations

    FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Climate change is expected to bring about a host of health harms, and a new study suggests that a surprising addition to that list might be an increase in the number of low birth weight babies born in poor nations. The researchers looked at almost 70,000 births in 19 [...]

  • Kids May Be More Likely to Get Asthma if Grandma Smoked While Pregnant: Study

    TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children whose grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for asthma, even if their own mothers did not smoke, a new study suggests. It’s known that smoking can cause changes in gene activity. The new study findings suggest that those changes can be passed down through more than [...]

  • Blood Tests May Predict Pregnancy Risks for Women With Lupus

    TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Blood tests may identify women with lupus who are at high risk for complications during pregnancy, according to a new study. Lupus is an immune system disorder known to increase the chances of pregnancy problems such as preeclampsia and miscarriage. This new research found that monitoring for certain “biomarkers” — [...]

  • Cancer Treatment Should Proceed for Pregnant Women: Study

    MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women who are diagnosed with cancer do not need to delay treatment or end their pregnancy, a new study found. The study included 129 children in Europe whose mothers were diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy, as well as a control group of 129 children born to women without [...]

  • Moms’ Exposure to BPA Tied to Low Birth Weight in Girls

    The plastics chemical BPA appears to be linked with low birth weight among baby girls, a new study reports.

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