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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

  • Weight at First Pregnancy Linked to Complications Next Time

    TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women with an unhealthy weight in a first pregnancy could be at greater risk for complications in their next pregnancy — even if they’re at a good weight, a new study finds. Most American women are not at a healthy weight when they first become pregnant, meaning their body [...]

  • People Born Early May Have These Personality Traits in Common

    Adults who were severely underweight at birth or who were born very prematurely may be more likely to be introverted, neurotic and afraid to take risks, a new European study suggests.

  • Childhood Stress Might Raise a Woman’s Risk for Preterm Birth

    MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Stressful events in childhood may increase a woman’s risk having a preterm baby, a new study suggests. The research included 200 mothers in Canada who provided information about stressful experiences when they were youngsters. One-third of the women had given birth preterm, while the others delivered at term. Preterm birth [...]

  • Are Hospitals Overusing Neonatal Intensive Care?

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new report finds that more babies are being treated in neonatal intensive care units at many U.S. hospitals, and the infants are bigger and less premature. While they don’t know for sure, researchers suggest this is a potential sign that these expensive interventions are being [...]

  • Stillbirths Now Outnumber Infant Deaths in U.S.

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Stillbirths have eclipsed infant deaths for the first time in the United States, a new government report shows. Several factors may be fueling the trend, including declining infant death rates, racial disparities in access to good care during pregnancy, and fertility treatments that often involve placing [...]

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