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Zika Babies May Look Normal at Birth, Display Brain Defects Later: CDC

Zika Babies May Look Normal at Birth, Display Brain Defects Later: CDC0

Imaging Studies Shed Light on Zika's Effects

Imaging Studies Shed Light on Zika's Effects0

Pregnancy Diet (Menu Plans)

Pregnancy Diet (Menu Plans)0

Do Women Who Have Kids Later Live Longer?

Do Women Who Have Kids Later Live Longer?0

FDA Explains Pros, Cons of Permanent Birth Control

FDA Explains Pros, Cons of Permanent Birth Control0

Online Calculator May Help Couples Predict Fertility Rx Success

Online Calculator May Help Couples Predict Fertility Rx Success0

Tracking Blood Sugar in Pregnancy Might Lower Heart Defect Risk for Baby

Tracking Blood Sugar in Pregnancy Might Lower Heart Defect Risk for Baby0

Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs

Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs0

New Moms Get No Iron Boost From Eating Placenta: Study

New Moms Get No Iron Boost From Eating Placenta: Study0

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Blood Test May Spot Babies at Risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Blood Test May Spot Babies at Risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome0

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test on expectant mothers may help identify infants at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders occur when women drink large ...

Premature Calcium Deposits May Trigger Premature Births: Study

Premature Calcium Deposits May Trigger Premature Births: Study0

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new potential risk factor for premature birth has been identified. Ten percent of infants are born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), and many suffer long-term health problems. Knowing why ...

Chronic Disease in Mom May Be Linked to Newborns' Heart Disease

Chronic Disease in Mom May Be Linked to Newborns' Heart Disease0

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers with certain chronic diseases may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study suggests. The analysis included millions of births in Taiwan. The researchers found that ...

Even Incomplete Steroid Treatment Helps Preemies: Study

Even Incomplete Steroid Treatment Helps Preemies: Study0

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even partial steroid treatment before birth can improve survival odds for extremely premature infants and reduce their risk of certain birth defects, a new study suggests. Steroids are standard therapy ...

Males Conceived Via Fertility Treatment May Have Weakened Sperm: Study

Males Conceived Via Fertility Treatment May Have Weakened Sperm: Study0

FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Males who were conceived using an infertility treatment where sperm is injected into an egg may themselves have lower sperm quantity and quality than those conceived naturally, Belgian researchers ...

Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancy0

Examples of causes of bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy are ectopic pregnancy, cervical polyps, or pelvic or urinary tract infection (UTI). ...

Pregnancy (Week By Week, Trimesters)

Pregnancy (Week By Week, Trimesters)0

Pregnant or Not? How To Know To learn whether you are pregnant or not, a pregnancy test may provide you with the answer. This test can be done in the privacy of your home using one of several available test kits. Or the test can be performed ...

Doctors Perform 1st U.S. Living-Donor Uterine Transplant

Doctors Perform 1st U.S. Living-Donor Uterine Transplant0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A team of doctors in Dallas is "cautiously optimistic" of success in what would be the first living-donor uterine transplant in the United States. Doctors at Baylor University Medical Center said ...

C-Section Raises Risk of Blood Clots After Childbirth: Review

C-Section Raises Risk of Blood Clots After Childbirth: Review0

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a cesarean section face an increased risk of potentially dangerous blood clots in the legs or lungs following childbirth, a new review confirms. Researchers who analyzed 60 international ...

CDC: Pregnant Women Should Avoid Southeast Asia Due to Zika

CDC: Pregnant Women Should Avoid Southeast Asia Due to Zika0

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika continues to extend its reach around the globe, with U.S. health officials now urging women to delay travel to 11 countries in Southeast Asia where the virus is circulating. Reports are also ...

Scientists ID Key Fetal Cells Vulnerable to Zika

Scientists ID Key Fetal Cells Vulnerable to Zika0

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The devastating mosquito-borne Zika virus can infect cells that play a role in skull development, a new study finds. The findings may help explain why Zika infection during pregnancy can lead to ...

U.S. Teen Births Hit Another Record Low: CDC

U.S. Teen Births Hit Another Record Low: CDC0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Births to U.S. teens reached a record low last year, continuing a dramatic two-decade decline, federal health officials reported Wednesday. The then-historic low achieved in 2014 was surpassed in ...

Congress Agrees to More Zika Funding: Reports

Congress Agrees to More Zika Funding: Reports0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-delayed funding to combat the Zika virus is included in an emergency spending bill designed to keep the U.S. government running through mid-December, according to published reports on ...

2nd Antibiotic Halves C-Section Infection Rate: Study

2nd Antibiotic Halves C-Section Infection Rate: Study0

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors routinely give an antibiotic before a cesarean-section, the surgical delivery of a baby, to prevent infection in the mother. But, a new study suggests that adding a second antibiotic can cut the ...

1st Baby Born With DNA From 3 Parents

1st Baby Born With DNA From 3 Parents0

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A now 5-month-old baby boy is the first worldwide to be born using a controversial technique that combines DNA from three people -- two women and a man. As reported Tuesday by New Scientist ...

Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?

Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While morning sickness may make you miserable in the early months of your pregnancy, it can signal that your baby is healthy and normal, new research shows. In the study, those who endured the nausea ...

Gastric Bypass May Bring Infant Nutrition Deficits

Gastric Bypass May Bring Infant Nutrition Deficits0

By Pam Harrison Sept. 26, 2016 -- Infants born to women who've had a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass are more likely to be small for their gestational age and have nutritional deficiencies at birth, even if the mother takes supplements during ...

DNA-Based Vaccine Guards Against Zika in Monkey Study

DNA-Based Vaccine Guards Against Zika in Monkey Study0

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental DNA-based vaccine protected monkeys from infection with the birth defects-causing Zika virus, and it has proceeded to human safety trials, researchers report. "The vaccine universally ...

Can Stress Lower a Woman's Fertility?

Can Stress Lower a Woman's Fertility?0

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research seems to confirm that stress lowers a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, particularly stress that occurs around the time of ovulation. "If you are feeling more stress than you usually ...

CDC May Lift Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood

CDC May Lift Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- America's top public health agency could lift its Zika virus travel advisory for the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami as early as Monday, officials said Thursday afternoon. "Barring any new local ...

More Evidence That Zika Causes Microcephaly

More Evidence That Zika Causes Microcephaly0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A rigorous new study of 91 Brazilian babies strongly supports the point that the mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause the devastating birth defect microcephaly. In microcephaly, babies are born with a ...

Childbirth Delivery Methods and Types

Childbirth Delivery Methods and Types0

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Labor While the signs and symptoms of impending labor are different for every woman; the signs and symptoms of normal labor can begin three weeks prior to the anticipated due date, and up until two weeks ...

Smoking During Pregnancy

Smoking During Pregnancy0

A study shows that children who are exposed to tobacco smoke in the home may have lower IQs than their unexposed peers. Environmental tobacco smoke has already been definitively linked to a number of medical problems in children, including ...

Delivering Twins at 37 Weeks May Help Prevent Stillbirths

Delivering Twins at 37 Weeks May Help Prevent Stillbirths0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A woman carrying twins should deliver her babies at 37 weeks to reduce the risk of stillbirth and newborn death, new research says. A normal pregnancy usually lasts 40 weeks. The risk of stillbirth ...

Shingles and Pregnancy

Shingles and Pregnancy0

Shingles in pregnancy facts Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that results from reactivation of infection with the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the virus that causes chickenpox. The rash of shingles can be extremely painful ...

Quad Marker Screening Test

Quad Marker Screening Test0

What is the quad marker screening test? The quad marker screening test (quad screen) is a blood test administered in pregnancy, typically between the 15th and 20th weeks of gestation. Similar to the triple screen, the quad marker screen ...

Cesarean Birth Linked to Risk of Obesity in Childhood

Cesarean Birth Linked to Risk of Obesity in Childhood0

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Infants delivered by cesarean section may face a higher risk of becoming obese, a new study suggests. These babies had a 15 percent higher risk of becoming obese in childhood, compared with those born ...

MRIs Safe During First Months of Pregnancy: Study

MRIs Safe During First Months of Pregnancy: Study0

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- MRI scans in the first trimester of pregnancy do not appear to pose any risk to the fetus, researchers report. They analyzed data from more than 1.4 million births in the Canadian province of Ontario ...

Prenatal Ultrasound

Prenatal Ultrasound0

What is prenatal ultrasound? Like other ultrasound examinations, prenatal or fetal ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to obtain images of the fetus, placenta, and amniotic sac in a pregnant woman. The test does not involve radiation ...

Pregnancy: 7 Common Third Trimester Tests

Pregnancy: 7 Common Third Trimester Tests0

7 Common Third trimester tests introduction During the last trimester of pregnancy your doctor may recommend that you have certain diagnostic tests. These tests are all safe and have been developed to ensure the optimum well-being ...

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Acetaminophen and Pregnancy: Bad Mix?

Acetaminophen and Pregnancy: Bad Mix?0

By Kathleen Doheny Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Aug 17, 2016 -- Another report that links taking acetaminophen while pregnant with behavior problems in children may leave some pregnant women wondering whether they ...

New Zika Threat to Babies: Late-Onset Microcephaly

New Zika Threat to Babies: Late-Onset Microcephaly0

By Brenda Goodman, MA Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD Aug. 8, 2016 -- CDC researchers have made a startling discovery about microcephaly, a devastating birth defect caused by the Zika virus: It can affect babies late ...

Frozen Embryos May Boost Pregnancy Odds for Some Women

Frozen Embryos May Boost Pregnancy Odds for Some Women0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For some women seeking infertility treatment, the use of frozen embryos rather than fresh ones appears to improve the chances for a successful pregnancy, researchers report. Women with polycystic ...

What Mom-to-Be Eats Determines Bugs in Baby's Gut: Study

What Mom-to-Be Eats Determines Bugs in Baby's Gut: Study0

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The amount of fat in a pregnant woman's diet may influence the mix of microbes in her baby's gut, a new study suggests. The community of gut microbes -- known as the microbiome -- can affect the ...

Zika Linked to Deformed Limbs in Newborns

Zika Linked to Deformed Limbs in Newborns0

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus has already been linked to serious birth defects in the brain, and now it looks as if the virus may also cause deformities of joints in the arms and legs of newborns, a new Brazilian study ...

U.S. Maternal Death Rate Is Rising

U.S. Maternal Death Rate Is Rising0

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. women who die during or soon after pregnancy may be higher than previously thought -- and it's on the rise, according to a new study. Between 2000 and 2014, the nation's maternal death ...

Half of U.S. Women Weigh Too Much Before Getting Pregnant

Half of U.S. Women Weigh Too Much Before Getting Pregnant0

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More women are starting their pregnancies heavier than ever before, U.S. health officials report. In fact, in 2014, more than 50 percent of women were either overweight or obese at prepregnancy, a new ...

Success of 'Cervical Stitch' May Depend on the Thread: Study

Success of 'Cervical Stitch' May Depend on the Thread: Study0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The type of thread used in a procedure to prevent preterm labor may influence odds for stillbirth and preterm birth, researchers report. The procedure, called a cervical stitch, is performed on ...

Quitting Smoking While Pregnant: What Works

Quitting Smoking While Pregnant: What Works0

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Use of nicotine patches or the drug Zyban helps pregnant women quit smoking before and after they give birth, a new study says. "In public health terms, these results are significant because one in ...

Health Tip: Choosing a Pregnancy Pillow

Health Tip: Choosing a Pregnancy Pillow0

(HealthDay News) -- Sleeping comfortably can be a struggle during pregnancy, especially in the later months. A special pregnancy pillow may help you get a better night's rest. Here's advice from the National Sleep Foundation: Start using ...

Induced Labor Won't Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests

Induced Labor Won't Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests0

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inducing labor won't raise a pregnant woman's risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests. "These findings should provide reassurance to women who are about to give birth, that having their ...

Put Birth Control in Place Right After Childbirth

Put Birth Control in Place Right After Childbirth0

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obstetrician-gynecologists should counsel pregnant women about use of long-acting reversible contraception, such as implants and IUDs, immediately after they give birth, a leading group of U.S. doctors ...

If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study

If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study0

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests. "The magnitude of the increased ...

Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Under-Reported

Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Under-Reported0

THURSDAY, July 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A significantly higher percentage of American women may be smoking while pregnant than researchers have previously believed, a new study suggests. The finding is based on urine tests that can measure ...

Who's Most Likely to Seek Infertility Help

Who's Most Likely to Seek Infertility Help0

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of people with infertility problems don't seek treatment, according to a new British study. "One of the important and concerning findings in our study is the difference in educational ...

Zika Brain Damage May Occur in Babies With Normal-Sized Heads

Zika Brain Damage May Occur in Babies With Normal-Sized Heads0

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the ongoing crisis around Zika-linked birth defects, attention has been largely focused on infants born with too-small heads, or microcephaly. However, a new report suggests that newborns with ...

Blood Pressure Problems During Pregnancy, Heart Trouble Later?

Blood Pressure Problems During Pregnancy, Heart Trouble Later?0

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who have blood pressure in the high-normal range may have an increased risk for metabolic syndrome after they give birth, a new study indicates. Metabolic syndrome -- which increases the ...

Dallas Confirms 10 Zika Cases in Pregnant Women

Dallas Confirms 10 Zika Cases in Pregnant Women0

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At least 10 pregnant women in the Dallas area have been infected with Zika, Texas officials confirmed Wednesday. All of the women contracted the mosquito-borne virus while traveling abroad, Dallas ...

Stillbirths Still Too Common Worldwide

Stillbirths Still Too Common Worldwide0

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a decline in the rate of stillbirths, more than 2.6 million stillbirths still occur worldwide each year -- approximately 7,200 deaths daily, British researchers report. A stillbirth is the ...

Average Age of First-Time Moms in U.S. Still Rising: CDC

Average Age of First-Time Moms in U.S. Still Rising: CDC0

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The average age that American women have their first baby continues to rise, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. From 2000 to 2014, the age of first-time mothers increased 1.4 years -- from 24.9 ...

Pre-Pregnancy Potato Consumption Linked to Gestational Diabetes

Pre-Pregnancy Potato Consumption Linked to Gestational Diabetes0

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who eat lots of potatoes before pregnancy appear more likely to develop gestational diabetes, a new study suggests. A woman's risk of gestational diabetes seemed to increase by 27 percent if she ...

Spike in Newborn Drug-Withdrawal Tied to Prenatal Painkiller Use

Spike in Newborn Drug-Withdrawal Tied to Prenatal Painkiller Use0

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More babies are being born with drug withdrawal syndrome, possibly due to increased use of powerful prescription painkillers by pregnant women, according to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug ...

Blood Test May Help Rule Out Pregnancy Complication: Study

Blood Test May Help Rule Out Pregnancy Complication: Study0

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test might help doctors identify pregnant women who are unlikely to develop a dangerous complication called pre-eclampsia, despite having suspicious signs or symptoms. That's the finding ...

No Link Between 'the Pill' and Birth Defects: Study

No Link Between 'the Pill' and Birth Defects: Study0

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Becoming pregnant while taking birth control pills doesn't seem to increase the risk of birth defects, a new study suggests. Researchers found similar rates of birth defects -- about 25 infants out of ...

More IVF Tries Improve Odds of Having a Baby

More IVF Tries Improve Odds of Having a Baby0

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Couples having trouble getting pregnant may have a better chance if they have more than the usual three-to-four cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new British study suggests. Among more than ...

U.S. Births Up, Teen and Preterm Deliveries Down: CDC

U.S. Births Up, Teen and Preterm Deliveries Down: CDC0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. women having babies rose last year for the first time since 2007, while births by teens fell to a record low. Also lower in 2014 were the number of unmarried women giving birth, ...

Home Births May Be Safe for 'Low-Risk' Pregnancies: Study

Home Births May Be Safe for 'Low-Risk' Pregnancies: Study0

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some babies born at home seem to fare as well as similar babies born in a hospital, a new Canadian study finds. However, the researchers only looked at pregnancies considered to be low risk, and ...

Study Touts Benefits of Group Prenatal Care

Study Touts Benefits of Group Prenatal Care0

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young mothers and infants might get significant health benefits from group prenatal care, a new study indicates. Group prenatal care includes all the same components as individual care. But it provides ...

Antidepressants in Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk, Study Suggests

Antidepressants in Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk, Study Suggests0

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take antidepressants during the final two trimesters of pregnancy may put their children at risk for autism spectrum disorder, a new Canadian study suggests. Researchers said it seemed that ...

Mom-to-Be's Smoking Tied to Poorer Fitness in Sons

Mom-to-Be's Smoking Tied to Poorer Fitness in Sons0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young men may have reduced aerobic fitness if their mothers smoked during pregnancy, a new study suggests. "It's well established that smoking and breathing in secondhand smoke are harmful for both ...

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