Pregnancy Nutrition: Q & A for All Pregnant Women

Nutrition is one of the most important ways to prevent pregnancy complications (both fetal and maternal). The foods pregnant women eat set the stage for growth and development during pregnancy. ... read more »

Eating Disorders Fertility and Pregnancy

Eating disorders are mental illnesses that affect a person's emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding food and weight. ... read more »

Chronic Hypertension: Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Women who have chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) before pregnancy are at greater risk of pregnancy complications than women who are not hypertensive before or during pregnancy. ... read more »

HIV Positive Teens, Risk of Complications During Pregnancy

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found a correlation between teens and young women and complications during pregnancy. ... read more »

What Causes Pain During Pregnancy?

Pain during pregnancy is often associated with complications or labor and can be a scary thing. However, not all pain during pregnancy signals a problem. ... read more »

Mindfulness Training Reduces Urge to Smoke

A group of scientists has discovered that mindfulness training reduces the urge to smoke. This research could help millions of women quit smoking during pregnancy. ... read more »

Caffeine Linked to Low Birth Weight

A recent study published in BMC Medicine claims caffeine passes through the placenta to the fetus, but the fetus is not prepared to handle the caffeine so it remains active. This can cause health concerns, including low birth weight. ... read more »

Maternal Sleep and Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Researchers at the University of Michigan recently published a study correlating sleeping patterns and increased risk of stillbirth, preeclampsia and low birth weight. Sleeping patterns can be altered and thus, so can the increased risk of pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Sleep Apnea and Pregnancy

Pregnant women are at risk for sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops temporarily during sleep. Women with sleep apnea during pregnancy also struggle with daytime sleepiness and fatigue. ... read more »

Scotland Bans Smoking, Reduces Premature Births

In March of 2006, Scotland passed legislation that banned smoking in public settings. The legislation did not focus on pregnant women, but the ban has proven to be quite helpful in terms of reducing the number of preterm deliveries in the country. ... read more »

Can Overweight Women Have Healthy Pregnancies?

There are tons of studies and articles about the negative impact of excess weight on pregnancy, but with a large portion of the population living overweight or obese, there are bound to be tons of women out there who have successful, healthy pregnancies. ... read more »

Study: How Weight Affects First Pregnancy Outcomes

Increased weight is associated with increased incidence of pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, macrosomia, induction of labor and cesarean delivery. ... read more »

Diabetes and Birth Weight Affects Coronary Artery Disease

Scientists have long been debating the link between birth weight and coronary artery disease. Some studies have linked the two events clearly while others negate the original link altogether. ... read more »

All About Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a procedure performed during pregnancy to examine a baby's chromosomes. Most often, an amniocentesis is done between 16-20 weeks of pregnancy (gestation). ... read more »

Procedure to Reduce Postpartum Bleeding is a Step Closer to Reality

A procedure that promises to prevent the fatal loss of blood after childbirth (postpartum bleeding) in women residing in developing countries moves closer to becoming a reality. ... read more »

Pregnancy Increases Risk for Bacterial Infection

A recent British study indicates that a particular strain of bacteria, the Haemophilus influenzae, is especially dangerous if infection occurs during pregnancy. ... read more »

Pregnancy and Preeclampsia: Double the Stroke Risk

Being pregnant and having preeclampsia both increase a woman's risk of stroke; the preeclampsia-related risk of stroke lingers on as long as 40 years after the pregnancy. ... read more »

Preeclampsia Biomarker Discovery Could Make Detection Easier

Preeclampsia is a rare but dangerous complication of pregnancy. Early detection usually brings the most positive outcomes and a Norwegian study may lead to diagnosis before symptoms arise. ... read more »

Finding Poor Pregnancy Outcomes Through Glucose Levels

According to researchers from the University of Copenhagen, doctors can predict potentially poor pregnancy outcomes using HbA1c and glucose testing. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. ... read more »

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Focus of Large Research Companies

Research and development companies are working to make invasive prenatal testing a thing of the past. ... read more »

Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Healthy lifestyle choices can increase the likelihood a woman will have a normal pregnancy outcome, according to a new study by a collaboration of scientists from the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. ... read more »

IVF Produces Very Low Risk of Pregnancy Complications

The Australian study compared birth outcomes of babies born of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and spontaneous conception (without medical intervention). ... read more »

Thyroid Disorders and Pregnancy Outcome: Serum Testing and Risks

Researchers at the University of Crete report a possible link between thyroid dysfunction, autoantibodies, and pregnancy complications/outcomes. ... read more »

Risk of Complications for First Time Moms Over Age 30

Conventional wisdom always held that pregnancy is a riskier for women over the age of 35. New research, published in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, suggests age-related risks actually begin as a woman leaves her 20s. ... read more »

Developing Nations in Need of C-Section Training

According to a study completed by a leader at the Harvard Medical School, developing nations don't have the infrastructure and training needed to perform safe C-sections. ... read more »

Antidepressants, Pregnancy, and High Blood Pressure

According to data collected in the Quebec Pregnancy Registry, there may be a link between antidepressant intake during pregnancy and hypertension or high blood pressure. ... read more »

Ulcerative Colitis Poses Bigger Pregnancy Risks Than Other IBDs

The recently published findings of a study on the IBD influence during pregnancy suggests it is beneficial to plan conception during a period of remission rather than when IBD is in an active stage. ... 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 »

An Ideal Pregnancy Weight Can Reduce Risk of Preterm Delivery

There is an 8-week window of opportunity during the second trimester to achieve ideal pregnancy weight and reduce the risk of preterm delivery. ... read more »

Abortion Increases Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Women who find themselves affected by an unwanted pregnancy have the choice to abort the fetus and end the pregnancy. Most abortions are completed before the 12th week of gestation and many women recover completely. ... read more »

Pregnancy Deaths on the Decline but Numbers are Still High

Trends in Maternal Mortality has reported a 34% reduction in pregnancy deaths between 1990 and 2008. ... read more »

Pregnancy Guide For Women 35 and Older

As women age, they are more likely to suffer from diseases and conditions associated with aging, which in general, may increase the risk of gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and premature labor. ... read more »

12 Issues During Pregnancy Not To Ignore

Important issues during pregnancy not to ignore. ... read more »

Is Pregnancy Hypertension Linked to End Stage Renal Disease?

According to researchers who recently published a study in the Canadian Medical Journal, there may be a connection between pregnancy hypertension and end stage renal disease (ESRD). ... read more »

Heart Disease Not An Issue with Adequate Pregnancy Care

According to the registry, if women receive good prenatal care, counseling on their condition and adequate treatment, heart disease does not pose a threat to pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

Harmful Fats in Mom’s Diet Can Effect Newborn’s Health

The higher a woman's intake of trans fats (chemically produced fats that are not beneficial to health) during the second trimester of pregnancy, the larger her newborn. ... read more »

How Pre-Pregnancy Weight Affects Stillbirth Risk

Maternal obesity more than doubles the risk of stillbirth and neonatal death. ... read more »

High Risk Pregnancy Complications Guide

Information and Resources from babyMed about potential high-risk pregnancy complications that may be diagnosed during your pregnancy such as bleeding, hypertension, and premature delivery. ... read more »

Pregnancy Complications With Obese Mothers

Obesity is a growing epidemic thought to be the cause of various growing health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature death. ... read more »

After Delivery: Risk of Clots, Stroke, Heart Attack

All women are at higher risk of stroke than men and that risk is especially high during and months after pregnancy. ... read more »

Are Sports Safe During Pregnancy?

Exercise is a crucial part of a healthy pregnancy. However, while sports may have been an important part of your life prior to pregnancy, but not all sports are safe for pregnant women. ... read more »

OB-GYN Group Urges Weight Loss Before Conception

One subject that many obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYNs) find uncomfortable is the issue of excess weight when a patient is having difficulties conceiving. ... read more »

How Does An Unicornuate Uterus Affect Fertility?

Pregnancy can occur in a woman with a unicornuate uterus, but women with a unicornuate uterus who do become pregnant encounter certain risks. ... read more »

Preeclampsia + Kidney Failure = Double Trouble?

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-related form of hypertension that occurs in fewer than 9 percent of all pregnancies worldwide. The ratio may seem small but the dangers to mother and child are quite serious. ... read more »

Food Restrictions May Not be Necessary During Childbirth

When labor begins, food restrictions are typically enforced to protect the mother from possible pregnancy complications and/or side effects if a C-section delivery is needed. ... 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 »

Pregnancy after Miscarriage

In most cases, a miscarriage is a protection of sorts from fetal abnormalities or internal issues that could not be controlled by the pregnant woman. ... read more »

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition unique to pregnant women. During pregnancy, the body becomes intolerant to glucose causing a temporary condition similar to mild forms type 1 or type 2 diabetes. ... read more »

Bed Rest as a Medical Intervention During Pregnancy

The signs and symptoms of premature labor are varied and may include spotting and early contractions, and pregnancy with multiples. ... read more »

Does Bed Rest Work as a Medical Intervention During Pregnancy

The standard of care for premature labor has typically been to place the pregnant woman on bed rest; limiting activity for the remaining weeks of pregnancy. ... read more »

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