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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

  • White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The Obama administration is seeking $1.8 billion in emergency funds from Congress to combat the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the White House announced Monday. The funding will allow an expansion of mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and [...]

  • CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

    Pregnant women with a male sexual partner who has traveled to, or lives in, an area affected by active Zika virus transmission should refrain from sex or use condoms during sex until the pregnancy is over.

  • Daily Bit of Chocolate in Pregnancy May Help Mom, Baby

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women who nibble just a small piece of chocolate each day may improve the circulatory health of their unborn child, a new study suggests. The tiny treat may also reduce the risk for preeclampsia, a potentially deadly condition in which a pregnant woman with normal [...]

  • Too Much, Too Little Sleep During Pregnancy May Prompt Weight Gain

    THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Sleeping too few or too many hours a night may lead to excessive weight gain during pregnancy, a new study suggests. “We know that poor sleep in pregnancy has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes,” wrote researcher Dr. Francesca Facco, who’s with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health [...]

  • Steroids Might Help More Than Just Very Premature Babies: Study

    THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Giving steroids to pregnant women at risk for late preterm delivery may reduce the risk of severe respiratory problems in their babies, a new study finds. The study included more than 2,800 pregnant women with a high risk of late preterm delivery (34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy) who [...]

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