Pre-Pregnancy Diet and Gestational Diabetes

Eating the right types of foods before becoming pregnant can decrease a woman's risk of developing gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy. ... read more »

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator

When compared to your weight in pounds (or kilograms), the BMI gives you a much better idea about your actual weight. This Body Mass Index calculator calculates your BMI. ... read more »

PTSD Symptoms Increase Risk for Obesity in Women

Women who suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorde (PTSD) are at higher risk for becoming obese, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. This research was the first to show that the symptoms of PTSD can contribute to obesity. ... read more »

Weight Gain in Early Pregnancy May Affect Offspring Risk of Obesity

According to research completed by Margie Davenport and associates at the University of Alberta warns there may be a connection between excessive weight gain in early pregnancy and offspring obesity. ... read more »

Age and BMI Help Determine Risk of Gestational Diabetes

In a huge study published in BJOG, researchers report that BMI and age during pregnancy may be a huge factor in determining the risk of gestational diabetes. Women of south Asian and African-American ethnicity were particularly at risk. ... read more »

May 2009: New Guidelines for Weight Gain in Pregnancy

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released a report recommending new guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy. The report updates previous guidelines. ... read more »

Fatherhood Packs on the Pounds

Most men gain a little weight after they get married. A new study indicates fatherhood packs on the pounds, too. Each added pound puts a man closer to the health risks associated with excess weight. ... read more »

Factors That Affect How Long It Takes To Get Pregnant

When couples ask,"How long does it take to get pregnant?" they are often focused on the reproductive side of their body. ... read more »

First Trimester Umbilical Cord Cysts

Researchers from Tufts Medical Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently completed a study attempting to relate umbilical cord cysts found via sonography in the first months of pregnancy to specific pregnancy outcomes. ... read more »

Impact Of Obesity On Fertility And Pregnancy

Obesity increases pregnancy complications. The prevalence of obesity is currently rising in developed countries, making pregravid overweight one of the most common high-risk obstetric situations. ... read more »

Strive for 27 When Losing After-Baby Weight

The number 27 represents a healthy waist measurement for adult women, according to Dr. James Cerhan, an epidemiologist and lead author of the Mayo study. ... read more »

Weight Gain During Pregnancy Linked to Overweight Children

According to a study published in Lancet on August 5, infants born to women who gain too much weight during pregnancy are more likely to become overweight children and adults later in life. ... read more »

Weight Gain Guidelines Adjusted for Obese Patients

Women who enter pregnancy with a BMI in the obese range may have less weight to gain to stay within normal limits, according to a study presented at The Pregnancy Meeting in San Francisco. ... read more »

Periconception Tip #6: Be at Your Optimal Weight

Periconception tip #6 of the 10 periconception tips that will help you improve your pregnancy chances and have a healthy baby. ... read more »

Losing The Baby Weight

No matter how much weight is gained or how healthy the woman has been eating, there will be at least a few pounds left over after the baby is born. ... read more »

Flame Retardant Clothing May Cause Low Birth Weight

Researchers at the University of California have found a link between chemicals used to reduce fire risk on household items and lower birth weights. ... read more »

Mom’s Excess Pounds Put Baby at Risk of Asphyxia at Birth

A recent study of almost 2 million births found a strong link between a mother’s weight at delivery and the health of her newborn. ... read more »

Does Birth Order Influence Adult Health?

The first-born male child may be more prone to disease later in life than his younger siblings. ... read more »

Infant BMI Predicts Childhood Obesity

A recent study identifies ways to assess BMI during infancy, when interventions may be more effective. ... read more »

Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Smoking: Effect on Offspring BMI

A recent study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity claims parental smoking habits may have more impact on offspring BMI than maternal smoking habits during pregnancy. Information for the study was collected from the German Ulm Birth Cohort Study of 2000. ... read more »

Patient Selection Criteria and Blastocyst Transfer

A total of 420 participants were included in the study completed at the Fertility-Centro de Fertilizacao Assistida in Brazil. All participants were having ICSI fertility treatments. In all, 2,781 graded blastocysts were involved. ... read more »

Obesity During Pregnancy Affects Children for Years

While we know there is a connection between maternal obesity and fetal/child health and we know there are health risks associated with being obese during pregnancy, this study proves there are even more dimensions to the problem. ... read more »

When to Work Out While Pregnant

Most pregnant women are encouraged to exercise from pre-conception through labor, but there are some exceptions to the rule. ... read more »

BMI, High Blood Pressure and Low Education Levels

A study published in BMC Public Health reveals a connection between education levels and increased blood pressure during pregnancy. However, when the results were filtered based on BMI, the correlation diminished. ... read more »

Effects of Adiposity-Related Inflammation on Pregnancy

A study was completed of 240 pregnant women was with body mass index (BMI) measurements ranging from less than 25 to more than 30 in an attempt to reveal the effects of adipose-related inflammation on pregnancy. ... read more »

Dietary Folic Acid Intake Across Three Generations

Researchers from the University of Granada recently published a study in the journal Appetite revealing three generations worth of folic acid intake data establishing a legacy value for folic acid intake in southern Spain. ... read more »

Maternal Lipid Levels in SGA and LGA Births

Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baskent University recently published a study in the Journal of Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. ... read more »

Third Trimester Micronutrients and Pregnancy Outcome

Vitamin and mineral intake during pregnancy is crucial to pregnancy and fetal health. Researchers from JSS University in India recently published a study revealing micronutrient levels in the third trimester of pregnancy on pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

Newborn Weight and Visceral Adiposity in Pregnancy

There is a clear connection between maternal obesity during pregnancy, risk of gestational diabetes and fetal macrosomia. Researchers in Brazil recently completed a study on the impact of visceral adipose tissue (VAT) depth in pregnancy. ... read more »

Pregorexia: How Food Obsessions Rob Baby’s Health

Pregnancy can sometimes seem like a package deal: to get the baby, you've got to gain some weight. This reality can be a bitter pill to swallow for some women, especially those who've battled with excess weight at any time in life before becoming pregnant. ... read more »

Does Depression During Pregnancy Cause Inflammation?

Researchers published a study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research. The study focused on a possible link between maternal depression, inflammation and pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Abnormal TSH, Adiposity Rebound and Childhood Obesity

Researchers from the National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Taiwan recently published a study on the impact of congenital hypothyroidism on risk of obesity. The study was published in the journal Pediatric Neonatology. ... read more »

Pregnancy Weight Gain Advice Missing for Overweight Women

Researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine have found a breakdown between physician and pregnant woman. According to researchers at the college, physicians rarely give overweight or obese women accurate advice about proper weight gain during pregnancy. ... read more »

Exercise Alone Does Not Control Pregnancy Weight Gain

Most women are healthy enough during pregnancy to start a light exercise program or maintain an exercise program they followed before becoming pregnant, but researchers note that exercise is not enough to control excessive weight gain during pregnancy. ... read more »

C-Section Rates and Maternal BMI

Researchers from the University of Tennessee Medical Center published a study in the journal of the Tennessee Medical Association describing the impact of obesity on C-section rates. ... read more »

Healthier Babies in Overweight Women With Diet & Exercise

An important new study -- the world's largest -- indicates that counseling the mother on healthier lifestyle choices during pregnancy often results in the delivery of a baby of healthy weight. ... read more »

Obesity Doesn't Affect Pregnancy with Donor Eggs

Many studies suggest that obesity decreases a woman's chance of becoming pregnant through IVF but most of this research has focused on women who use their own eggs. ... read more »

Weight-Loss Surgery Improves Health of Gut for 10+ Years

One result of a study on weight-loss surgery indicates the surgery causes healthful changes in the microbes that live in the digestive tract and these changes are evident as long as ten years later. ... read more »

Weight Gain During Pregnancy and Risk for Infant Mortality

Babies born to women who do not gain enough weight during pregnancy are at a greater risk for dying before their first birthday, according to a new study. ... read more »

Study: Pregnant Women Fail to Meet Recommendations for Healthy Pregnancy

According to a new study published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, pregnant women are not meeting recommendations for healthy pregnancy nutrition and activity. ... read more »

Weight Gain and Weight Changes During Pregnancy

There are general guidelines for proper weight gain during pregnancy and these are used for more than just guiding mom during her prenatal visits. ... read more »

BMI Changes During Pregnancy: Normal to Obese

Research studies have proven obesity is a major concern during pregnancy. Pregnancy complications associated with pre-pregnancy obesity may include increased risk of C-section and excessive fetal weight gain. ... read more »

False negative or delayed pregnancy test related to overweight body weight

So you just missed your period but the home pregnancy test is negative? You are sure that you are not pregnant? Think again. ... read more »

How Much Weight To Gain During Pregnancy?

According to a study  published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a third of women surveyed gained too much weight during pregnancy. ... read more »

Obesity in Early Pregnancy and Premature Deliveries

Obesity is associated with many pregnancy complications and obese women are at increased risk of premature deliveries. ... read more »

Body Mass Index Calculator Calcuates BMI

Body mass index calculator. The BMI body mass calculator let's you know if your weight is normal or not. Calculating your BMI before and during pregnancy is especially important as extremes of BMI (too high or too low) may affect your fertility and increase pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Do I Have to Gain Weight During Pregnancy?

Weight gain is just part of pregnancy. The weight of the fetus, placenta, growing uterus, extra blood and body fluid all account for extra weight. Just how much extra weight a woman should gain during pregnancy has been the topic of debate for quite some time. ... read more »