What's New: Pregnancy & Fertility News and Studies

The latest pregnancy news & fertility news and studies from babyMed is published on a regular basis, and includes news and studies on getting pregnant, preterm births, prenatal exposure to drugs, foods and toxins, exercise, medical issues in pregnancy, fetal monitoring and complications during pregnancy, labor and child birth, and much more!

Coronavirus COVID-19 Pregnancy and Fertility

All you need to know about COVID-19 and pregnancy ... read more »

Antibacterial May Be Linked to Pregnancy Problems

Researchers from the University of Florida have found a connection between antibacterial chemicals and pregnancy. ... read more »

Preventing Violent Tendencies May Start In-Utero

For most expecting parents, thinking of violence as it pertains to actions of their soon to be newborn is nearly impossible. ... read more »

Infant Deaths in Congo Reduced with Insecticides

A study performed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found a way to reduce infant deaths from Malaria in Congo. ... read more »

World Mourns Thalidomide Champion, Frances Oldham Kelsey

Dr. Kelsey would change the world of pharmaceuticals, and save the lives of untold thousands of babies around the world. ... read more »

Smoking May Be a Cause of Infertility in Men and Women

Smoking during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant has never been a good choice, but now researchers and doctors have a great reason to convince parents. ... read more »

Timed Intercourse

How should we time sex? ... read more »

Connection Between Unplanned Pregnancies and Anorexia

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill paired with Norwegian researchers on a study involving rates of unplanned pregnancy in women with anorexia nervosa. ... read more »

Poor Women Infected by Snail Fever Parasite

According to a Danish study, schistosomiasis, the parasite that causes snail fever may cause harm to the reproductive organs of women susceptible to the parasite. The parasite lives in waterways commonly used for bathing and clothes washing. ... read more »

Miscarriage and Stillbirth May Increase Heart Attack Risk

A group of German researchers studied nearly 12,000 women and found that miscarriages and stillbirths carry a long-term side effect. ... read more »

Leukemia Cells Survive Cryopreservation

Ovarian tissue cryopreservation can be used to preserve fertility in women with certain types of lymphoma or tumors that are solid. While 13 live births have resulted from cryopreservation, women with leukemia may not be. ... read more »

Early Menopause Detection Test Expected Soon

The current trend in motherhood pushes women to the brink of fertility before families are started. Women are regularly starting families well into their 40s, which could be pushing the limits of the female body, especially if premature or early menopause is likely to occur. ... read more »

Benefits of Fairhaven Health's PregnancyPlus Omega-3

Doctors typically recommend that pregnant women add an Omega-3 supplement to their prenatal care regimen due to recent research showing it may lead to longer gestation times and healthier birth wei ... read more »

Antiepileptic Drugs May Cause Decreased School Performance

According to a new study published in Epilepsia, women who take multiple antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy may have teenagers who suffer from poor performance in schools. ... read more »

Overweight Women More Likely to Miscarry With ART

ART, or assisted reproductive technology, is commonly used by women who have trouble conceiving. According to a new study presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, overweight women who use ART to conceive are two times more likely to suffer a miscarriage than women of normal body weight. ... read more »

Pregnant Women Need Only One Flu Vaccine This Year

Last year, pregnant women were advised to have a two-shot preventative flu shot series. The first shot was given for seasonal flu and the second for the H1N1 strain of flu. H1N1 did not become a major threat until after the year's supply of seasonal vaccinations were already produced and ready for use. ... read more »

CDC Reinforces Safety of Flu Vaccine for Pregnant Women

Despite the reports that the flu vaccine is safe and recommended for pregnant women, there has still been some question in the medical and patient community. ... read more »

"Helicoptered" Kids Face Psychological Struggles in College

A 2013 study finds college students are seeking psychological counseling in greater numbers than ever before. One reason behind the increased need for psychological help is helicopter parenting. ... read more »

Preconconception Vitamins and Folic Acid

Folic acid in combination with a multivitamin supplement has been associated with a decrease in specific birth defects. ... read more »

Folic Acid Absorption Affected By Medications

First trimester exposure to certain medications such as folic acid antagonists is associated with increased risk for neural tube, cardiovascular and urinary tract defect. ... read more »

Pregnancy After Miscarriage Safer Within Six Months

A study on the website for the British Medical Journal reveals women who wait six months or less to get pregnant after a miscarriage are more likely to conceive and carry a fetus full-term. The study was completed in Scotland. Researchers noted that the results could be relevant to populations like Scotland, developing countries may wish to continue following the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO). ... read more »

Pregnancy, Immune System and Schizophrenia

Temple University has published a new study via Schizophrenia Research linking immune system response during pregnancy to risk of schizophrenia later in life. According to the publication, women who suffer from flu and other infections during pregnancy are more apt to give birth to children with schizophrenia. In some cases, the risk could be increased seven fold. ... read more »

Smoking Habits Revealed in First Diaper

The first feces babies pass is called meconium. Researchers have revealed tobacco metabolites passed out of the body via meconium can measure the amount of cigarette smoke or tobacco smoke mom consumed or came in contact with during pregnancy. ... read more »

Wii Are Ready to Stop Gestational Diabetes

Women who are pregnant often have trouble getting up and moving for the suggested amount of prenatal exercise. With the advent and popularity of the Wii, ... read more »

Teens’ Risky Behavior Represents Fast-Track Learning

The teenage years are strongly associated with risky behaviors, thrill seeking, and instant gratification.  Kids may think their daring dos make life exciting and parents may lose sleep worrying over their teens but a new study of brain activity suggests risky behaviors that promise high rewards may actually be an age-appropriate way of fast-track learning.  ... read more »

Hurricane Exposure: Impact on Fetal Stress

Women and infants who lived through Hurricane Andrew may help predict the long-term effects of hurricanes on health. ... read more »

Fish Oil Ineffective Treatment for Postpartum Depression

The Journal of American Medical Association has published a study claiming fish oil is an ineffective postpartum depression treatment, despite other studies finding the treatment to be highly effective. ... read more »

The Birth Control Pill Changes A Woman's Memory and Mind

Researchers at UC Irvine have found that women who take birth control pills appear to remember emotional events in a manner more similar to men. ... read more »

Contraceptive IUD May Halt Endometrial Cancer

Published in the latest issue of Annals of Oncology, is a report by European researchers linking the use of an Intrauterine Device (IUD) with treatment of endometrial cancer. ... read more »

Combination Contraceptive with Folate Approved by FDA

During the first few weeks of gestation, few women know they are pregnant. This is the time when folate levels need to be the highest to prevent neural tube defects ... read more »

Immune System Boost May Prevent HIV Infection in Infants

According to reports out of the Oregon Health and Science University, training the immune system to fend off HIV during the first hours after birth ... read more »

Pollutants Could Be Increasing the Risk of Childhood Obesity

Pesticide chemical DDT may be linked to an increase in childhood obesity. According to Environmental Health Perspectives, infants displayed faster than normal weight gain ... read more »

Glucose Consumption by Embryo May Reflect Health of Embryo

In Australia, researchers working in the field of infertility may have recognized a small factor that could measure the health of an embryo before IVF. ... read more »

Autism May be Linked to Jaundice

There is no known, clear-cut cause of Autism, so researchers are constantly looking for some connection between environmental, medical and social aspects of life ... read more »

Breast Cancer Survivors Can Breast-Feed After Treatment

Researchers presented a report at the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology that may take a few oncologists by surprise. ... read more »

More Than 5 Million Men May Suffer from MANopause

Male menopause is commonly referred to as manopause. Though menopause was once thought of as a female change of life, men are noticing changes in their bodies as early as 35 years of age including reduced sex drive and energy. As the body ages, testosterone production slows down causing men to lose a bit of that manliness. ... read more »

Mom’s Weight May Cause Chronic Kidney Disease

A report given at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Science Exposition held by the American Society of Nephrology reveals that maternal weight and health conditions ... read more »

Carbamazepine Linked to Increased Risk for Spina Bifida

Women who suffer from epilepsy often take anti-epileptic medications throughout their pregnancy. ... read more »

Fertility Tests May Under-Predict Fertility

The University of North Carolina ' Chapel Hill has found a discrepancy between reported fertility and actual fertility in a group of volunteers. ... read more »

Contraceptive Gel May Soon Replace Pills

Researchers are studying the effects of a contraceptive gel that could be used in place of pill contraceptives. ... read more »

Biomarker Found that May Signal Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancies occur when a fertilized egg embeds in the lining of the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. This can happen because the fallopian tube is too narrow or simply by accident. Typically, ectopic pregnancy is difficult to diagnose because symptoms do not present until the fetus grows too large for the tube. ... read more »

Extreme Morning Sickness May be Genetic

About 60,000 women are admitted to the hospital each year for extreme morning sickness. Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy, ... read more »

Bed Rest May Cause More Harm Than Good

Bed rest is commonly used as a treatment for preterm labor. According to a report published in Biological Research for Nursing, bed rest may cause more harm than good to a pregnant woman and the unborn fetus. ... read more »

Strep B Test Studied to Prevent Misuse of Antibiotics

Women who come into the Hospital in full labor but without having had a GBS culture are typically treated with antibiotics to protect the infant from a group B Strep infection. ... read more »

Low Birth Weight Infants and Processing Medication

A group of researchers from Oregon State University have linked lower than average birth weight to an infant's ability to process medications, for life. ... read more »

Possible Link Between Maternal Smoking and SIDS

Obstetricians often talk to pregnant women about the potential health threats associated with smoking while pregnant. ... read more »

New Technique For Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is diagnosed based on a set of physical anomalies at birth. These include altered facial formation and development issues. ... read more »

To the Single Mothers: 'Happy Father's Day, Mom'

This touching video tribute honors single and widowed mothers on Father's Day. ... read more »

How Many Billions Does the World Spend on Babies?

Babies are big business for advertising as well as for the manufacturers who produce baby goods so Nielsen watches what parents around the world buy for their babies. ... read more »

Do School Schedules Work for Working Parents?

Grose questions how or why parents are expected to take on such a big role in the school system when they are working full time. ... read more »