Strep Infection During Pregnancy

Although hand washing is standard procedure today, women still sometimes contract life-threatening infections during pregnancy and childbirth. Of particular concern is Group A streptococcus (GAS). ... read more »

Pregnancy Complications with Multiple Births

Pregnancy complications in twins are many-fold higher than with a singleton baby and include a higher rate of premature deliveries and fetal anomalies. ... read more »

Metoclopramide (Reglan) for Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is a classic symptom of early pregnancy, often unpleasant but mild and clearing up on its own by the end of the first trimester. Sometimes, though, nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy are severe, lingering long after the first trimester. ... read more »

Methylergonovine During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about methylergonovine and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe to use during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Lack of Sleep During Pregnancy May Cause Birth Complications

Insomnia might be widespread and generally accepted as something that’s bound to happen to everyone once in a while. However, insomnia can have more adverse effects on the body than you might imagine. ... read more »

Sunbathing, Sunscreens, and Sun Exposure During Pregnancy

Sunbathing in pregnancy may not be a good idea because the increased hormones of pregnancy increase your risks. ... read more »

Is it Safe to Have My Labia Pierced?

If you are considering piercing your labia, it is recommended to wait until after delivery. ... read more »

Health Risks Associated with Living in Low-Income Rural Areas

Fighting stress during pregnancy poses health risks to the pregnant woman and fetus, according to clinical research. New research suggests low-income rural areas face an even deeper problem when it comes to stress and prenatal care. ... read more »

Placenta Development and Pregnancy Complications

Scientists are a step closer to understanding how a healthy placenta develops and why some pregnancy complications occur. ... read more »

Pregnancy: Expect The Unexpected

The body will surely change, in ways predictable and not, but the emotional aspects of pregnancy can be as mystifying as the mystery of life itself. Here are the stories of three women who experienced the unexpected. ... read more »

5 Simple Diet Changes to Control Nausea at Work

Making simple changes to the diet is often enough to curb nausea while ensuring you keep enough food down to keep energy levels high and prevent dehydration. ... read more »

How to Fly Safely During Pregnancy in 12 Steps

Flying during pregnancy in and by itself is not dangerous and does not increase pregnancy complications. Read on to find out how to make flying during pregnancy safer in 12 steps. ... 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 »

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 »

Pregnancy Complications and Schizophrenia Risk in Children

Pregnancy complications have been associated with increased risk of schizophrenia in women, but researchers from the National Institute of Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland recently studied the possible mental impact on children. ... read more »

Not Enough Vitamin D Linked to Poor Pregnancy Outcome

According to researchers from the University of Calgary, insufficient vitamin D intake during pregnancy may be associated with gestational diabetes, reduced fetal growth and increased risk of C-section. ... read more »

Maternal Weight Associated with Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

Women who are overweight and obese during pregnancy are more apt to need advanced medical care, according to a research study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ... 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 »

How to Reduce Stress at Work While Pregnant

Stress is part of work and home life. There is no way to avoid stress altogether, but there are ways of minimizing stress and the effect of stress on pregnancy, especially in a work setting. ... read more »

Reasons To Call Your Doctor During Pregnancy

How do you know whether that sudden ache is normal or warrants a 2 a.m. call to your doctor or midwife? Here's a rundown of symptoms that should set off your warning bells. ... read more »

What is Intra-Amniotic Infection and Inflammation (IAI)?

IAI is an abbreviation for intra-amniotic infection or inflammation. The two conditions are different, but little information is available to pregnant women about inflammation compared to infection. ... 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 »

Gallstones during Pregnancy

Gallstones, much like kidney stones, are crystalline formations caused by the build-up of bile compounds. They are formed in the gallbladder, which is small organ mainly responsible for the digestion of fat. ... read more »

New Guidelines for Periconception Care

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a select panel of external partners issued guidelines for preconception care of women, emphasizing the importance of providing this type of care in the primary care setting. ... read more »

Is it Healthy to Work Up Until My Due Date?

Many women wonder if working up until their pregnancy due date is safe for their health and the health of their unborn child. Find out! ... 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 »

OB-GYN Group Urges Doctors to Prescribe 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 »

Developing Nations Need Training on C-Section Deliveries to Save Money

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

Adequate Weight Gain During Twin Pregnancy Protects Against 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 »

Predicting Recurrent Preeclampsia with Artery Doppler

A recent study published in the American Journal of Perinatology claims uterine artery Doppler can be used in the first trimester to predict the possibility of recurrent preeclampsia. ... read more »

Postpartum Complications and Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-induced condition that causes a dangerous rise in blood pressure. ... read more »

Abortion Increases Risk of Pregnancy Complications Up to 225 Percent

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 »

Smoking Ban Helps Reduce Risk of Pregnancy Complications

A report published in the Journal of Women's Health proves that banning smoking can have a positive impact on pregnancy. The result was a significant reduction in early birth risk. ... read more »

Pregnant Women Want Money to Stop Smoking

According to a research study at John's Hopkins University ' pregnant women are willing to stop smoking if you pay them money along the way. The research study was completed at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy with results that were quite positive. ... read more »

Chronic Hypertension Increases 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 »

Sleep Disruptions and Pregnancy Outcome

According to the study, published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, depression during pregnancy affects sleep patterns and the affected sleep patterns may result in altered immune system function and increased risk of birth defects. ... read more »

Preeclampsia: A Battle Not a Condition

Researchers and doctors are constantly on the lookout for a definitive cause of preeclampsia. The condition is life-threatening and the only known cure is childbirth. ... read more »

Extra Calcium Reduces Hypertension: Nothing More

Pregnant women taking increased amounts of calcium during pregnancy may reduce the risk of hypertension, but no other positive benefits are proven, according to a new study. ... 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 »

Minimize Exposure to 12 Hormone-Disrupting Household Chemicals

Some chemicals commonly used in the home, workplace, and just about everywhere else are known as endocrine disrupters because once ingested, they mimic the activity of the body's natural hormones. ... read more »

Gestational Syphilis and Pregnancy Outcome

Researchers in Spain have recently completed a study into the effects of gestational syphilis on pregnancy and perinatal outcomes. ... read more »

Antidepressants, Pregnancy and High Blood Pressure: Is There a Link?

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 »

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 »

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing the Focus of Large Research Companies

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

Incontinence in Aging Women Linked to Vaginal Delivery

Two decades after giving birth to one child by vaginal delivery, women are facing incontinence problems at a rate three times that of women who did not give birth vaginally, according to research by the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. ... read more »

Metaprolol During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Metaprolol and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... 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 »

Preeclampsia Biomarker Discovery Could Make Detection Earlier, 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 »

Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Second Trimester Complications

A recent study published in BJOG claims second trimester hyperemesis gravidarum may be associated with pregnancy complications involving the placenta. While evidence backs study author claims, the editor of BJOG is not sold on the importance of the study. ... read more »

Leptin Levels in Pregnancy and Treatment of Obese Women

Researchers from Queens Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital in the United Kingdom recently published a question in the journal Medical Hypotheses. The question posed related to leptin levels, obesity and pregnancy management. ... read more »

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