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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

  • Fertility Treatments Aren’t Significantly Linked to Birth Defects

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The risk of birth defects is low among children conceived using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 300,000 births in Massachusetts between 2004 and 2008. Of those babies, 11,000 were conceived using ART. Assisted reproductive technologies include fertility treatments where both eggs [...]

  • Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A crucial part of conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) — the incubation of embryos in a laboratory dish — can instead take place in a device inside the vagina, new research suggests. Scientists from the United States and Colombia contend that the device, called an INVOcell, [...]

  • Peak Pain Level Main Factor in Negative Childbirth Memories: Study

    FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The peak intensity of pain during delivery, not the amount of time in labor, influences women’s memories of pain during childbirth, a new study suggests. The study included 320 pregnant women who were asked to rate their pain every 20 minutes during labor. The women were asked about [...]

  • Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful?

    TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Low vitamin D levels could make childbirth more painful, according to a new study. Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy, especially among high-risk women, including vegetarians, those with little sun exposure, and members of ethnic minorities, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says. The new study included 93 [...]

  • Risks From Epidural, Spinal Anesthesia Very Low, Study Says

    TUESDAY, Oct. 14 2014 (HealthDay News) — The risks of using epidural and spinal anesthesia during childbirth are extremely low, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 80,000 women who received epidural or spinal anesthesia during childbirth and found that the overall rate of complications was just under 3 percent. The most common [...]

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