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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

  • Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects

    TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds. The test would measure the concentration of folate (a form of vitamin B) in a pregnant women’s red blood cells. The findings from this study — conducted by an international [...]

  • Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report. Doctors have previously suspected that babies born earlier than 37 weeks’ gestation have a raised risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary [...]

  • Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb

    FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies seem to learn even before they’re born, a new study suggests. By the time women are 34 weeks pregnant, their unborn babies can respond to the sound of their mother’s voice reciting a familiar nursery rhyme, the researchers report. “The mother’s voice is the predominant source of sensory stimulation [...]

  • Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. “We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those whose mothers were overweight or obese during pregnancy had up to [...]

  • Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. The new study also hints — but doesn’t prove — that nicotine-replacement products used during pregnancy, such as patches and gum, could pose [...]

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