What are the Benefits of Breastfeeding Baby?

Breastfeeding has been part of motherhood since the beginning of time. Before there were formulas and baby bottles, there was breastmilk. Today, mothers have more options than ever when choosing how to feed baby, but breastfeeding is still the best choice. ... read more »

Asthma in Pregnancy

Asthma is a condition which affects the lungs. Women with asthma who become pregnant must make sure that they properly manage their condition or they put both themselves and their baby at risk.   ... read more »

Breastfeeding with Allergies

One of the difficulties that women face is restrictions concerning the types of medications they can take during pregnancy. These restrictions typically end once a woman has given birth. ... read more »

Effective Asthma Control Benefits Mother and Baby

Asthmatic mothers-to-be everywhere can breathe easier knowing the medications they relied upon before becoming pregnant are the best course of treatment during pregnancy, too. ... read more »

Mom's Stress May Increase Baby's Asthma and Allergy Risk

SUNDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- If an expectant mother is exposed to high levels of stress, her baby may be more likely to develop asthma or allergies later in life, new research suggests. ... read more »

Breastfed Babies Have Lesser Risk of Asthma

A new study conducted by researchers in the Netherlands finds babies fed exclusively breast milk until 6 months of age are less likely to suffer from asthma symptoms.  ... read more »

Magnetic Fields May Increase Risk of Asthma

Kaiser Permanente recently completed a research study linking maternal exposure to magnetic fields to asthma risk in children. The report was published in the online version of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. ... read more »

Low-Fat Yogurt May Cause Asthma and Hay Fever

Researchers have found a connection between eating low-fat yogurt during pregnancy and an increased risk of hay fever and/or asthma in their children. ... read more »

Foam Crib Mattresses Emit Toxic Fumes; Ventilation Important

A recent study of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) suggests it might be a healthy idea to let foam mattresses air out for about six months before putting a baby to sleep on it. ... read more »

Meth Exposure Blunts Toddler Stress Response

According to researchers, maternal meth use could alter how the body reacts to stress with a blunted cortisol response. Abnormal cortisol response may be associated with behavioral problems and increased risk of asthma. ... read more »

Maternal Asthmogen Exposure and Asthma Risk in Offspring

Using information collected by the Danish National Birth Cohort, researchers at Aarhus University revealed no significant connection between maternal occupational exposure to asthmogens and asthma risk in children up to age seven. ... read more »

Maternal Occupation May Have Impact on Asthma Risk

A new research study links a mother's occupation during pregnancy to increased risk ofasthma. According to researchers, exposure to certainagents could impact the fetus well into adulthood. ... read more »

Smoking Cessation During and After Pregnancy Study

According to the study, only 50% of women stop smoking during pregnancy and of those, less than 35% maintain a smoke-free environment four years after birth. ... read more »

C-Section May Lead to Increased Risk for Asthma

Asthma is a breathing disorder that affects approximately 300 million people globally. It is estimated that the condition causes more than 250,000 deaths annually. ... read more »

Women with Asthma Could Face Delay in Becoming Pregnant

A new study suggests it may take longer for women with asthma to conceive than it does women without the condition. This research adds to mounting evidence that asthma has a negative effect on fertility. ... read more »

Bronchodilators During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about bronchodilators and pregnancy/breastfeding. Are they safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding? ... read more »

Corticosteroids During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about corticosteroids and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Asthma Inhalers During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about asthma inhalers and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Theophylline During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about theophylline and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/org breastfeeding? ... read more »

Preeclampsia May be Linked to Air Pollution

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that can lead to hypertension, protein in urine and preterm delivery. The only cure for the condition is delivery of the fetus. Researchers have been looking for a definitive cause of preeclampsia for years. ... read more »

Do Asthma Drugs Increase Risk of Congenital Anomalies?

Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health report there is no increased risk of congenital anomalies in patients taking asthma medications during pregnancy. The study was published in the journal Pharmacotherapy. ... read more »

Asthma Treatment May Increase Risk Factors in Fetus

Pregnant women with asthma typically used inhaled glucocorticoid during pregnancy. Glucocorticoids relax the lungs and make it easier to breathe. While the risk of disease does not increase when the fetus is exposed to these asthma medications, the risk of metabolic problems and endocrine disturbances may increase. ... read more »

Wheezing Risk Higher in Offspring of Obese Mothers

According to a new study published in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, obesity prior to pregnancy increases the risk of offspring wheezing four-fold when children of obese mothers are compared to children of normal weight mothers. ... read more »

The Effect of Maternal Asthma on the Neonate

Researchers recently published a study in the journal BJOG on the effect of maternal asthma on the neonate. The study addressed congenital malformations, hospitalization risk and perinatal mortality. ... read more »

Smoking During Pregnancy Linked to Teen Asthma

Pregnant women are warned about the effects of smoking during pregnancy from the first obstetric visits. While smoking can cause premature birth and reduced birth weight, it now appears there is a long-term risk to worry about as well. ... read more »

Respiratory Function in Children Born to Mothers with Asthma

Researchers from the Department of Medicine at the Universidade Federal de Sergipe in Brazil recently completed a study concluding that maternal asthma may increase the risk of childhood asthma in offspring. ... read more »

The Link Between Maternal Obesity and Asthma

The number of children suffering from asthma has steadily increased in recent years. At an almost parallel rate, obesity has also increased. ... read more »

Smoking Ban: Preterm Births and Asthma Hospitalizations Drop

Smoking bans are increasingly common in the last 3 decades. These bans have cleared the air and a recent study from the Netherlands indicates they've improved the health of newborns and children, too. ... read more »

Antibiotics During First Year and Risk of Asthma

A recently conducted study finds a link between antibiotic use in infancy and development of asthma by age 6. ... read more »

Specific Bacteria Needed to Prevent Asthma in Babies

A recent study indicates asthma can be prevented if a baby’s gut bacteria (microbiome, microbiota) includes four specific types of bacteria during baby’s first three months of life. ... read more »

Early Infant Growth and Asthma Risk

According to researchers in the Netherlands, fast infant growth during the first three months after birth may cause an increased risk of asthma. Fetal growth did not appear to have an effect on asthma risk. ... read more »

Are Children Born by C-Section More Likely to Have Allergies?

More than 1,293,000 children were born by cesarean section in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means nearly one-third of all babies are born by C-section. ... read more »

New Asthma Treatment Available for Pregnant Women

Asthma is one of the more difficult health problems to control during pregnancy. Doctors need to control exacerbations, but they also want to reduce the amount of medication taken by pregnant women and thus the fetus. ... read more »

Infection During Pregnancy and Asthma Risk in Baby

Researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine found an unexpected link between one particular maternal infection and an increased risk of childhood asthma. ... read more »

High-Risk Pregnancy - Maternal

Maternal causes of a high-risk pregnancy ... read more »

Asthma More Likely in Low Birthweight Babies

Babies and infants born with lower than average birth weight may be at increased risk for developing asthma later in life. ... read more »

Mental Illness May Increase Risk of Asthma in Children

Mental illness has long been considered a silent disease. ... read more »