Catch up on the latest pregnancy news, what's safe, new studies, and the latest treatments and topics for all your pregnancy concerns.

Mealtime TV Between Mom and Baby and Obesity

Eating mindlessly while watching TV is a bad habit associated with obesity. It's especially concerning when pregnant women watch television while eating, according to a study recently presented. ... read more »

Maternal Smoking and Impact on Adult Offspring

Smoking during pregnancy and high maternal stress hormones increase the risk for nicotine dependence in daughters, according to a new study. ... read more »

Maternal Medical Society Explores Late-Term Hypertension

Babies born between weeks 39 and 40 of pregnancy have the most positive outcomes, according to the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. ... read more »

How Inflammatory Bowel Disease Affects Fetus

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may affect a woman's ability to conceive or experience a normal, healthy pregnancy, but researchers are also interested in the possible effects on offspring. ... 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 »

Maternal BPA Exposure and Prostate Cancer Risk

Exposure to BPA during pregnancy increases the risk of prostate cancer in male offspring, according to a new study. ... read more »

Lung Ultrasound for Detecting Pulmonary Edema

Preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine, is usually diagnosed after week 32 but, in some cases, symptoms appear as early as week 20. ... read more »

Intrauterine Growth Restriction Guideline Study

IUGR or intrauterine growth restriction is when the fetus is too small, usually less than the 10th %tile. ... read more »

Inflammation During Pregnancy and Fetal Brain Development

The over-activation of a woman's immune system during pregnancy, such as when she has a cold or the flu, may influence the brain development of the child she carries. ... read more »

Imaging Technique for Alcohol-Related Birth Defects

Until now, limited research on embryos has prevented scientists from understanding how maternal use of alcohol causes congenital heart defects. ... read more »

Epidermal Growth Factor on Oxygen-Deprived Preemies

One very serious consequence of being born too soon is that the lungs are not mature enough to function properly. ... read more »

Gluten-Free Pregnancy May Minimize Type 1 Diabetes Risk in Babies

A mother's gluten-free diet during pregnancy and lactation might minimize her baby's risk of developing this childhood disease. ... read more »

Alcohol in First Trimester of Pregnancy Harms Placenta

The link between a pregnant woman's drinking and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is clearly established but 30% to 60% of all pregnant women in the world still consume alcohol while pregnant. ... read more »

Downton Abbey, Depression, and Baby Bonding

There are many lessons we in real life can learn from Lady Mary's fictional struggle with loss, motherhood, grief, and depression. ... read more »

Does Eating Fish While Pregnant Impact Child's Intelligence?

Fish is a food that many pregnant women avoid due to potential mercury content. Consumption of fish during pregnancy may positively impact cognitive development and social prowess. ... 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 »

Australia May Prosecute Moms Who Drink Alcohol While Pregnant

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a "real problem" in the Northern Territory (NT), according to its attorney-general, John Elferink. ... read more »

Antidepressants and Newborn Lung Complications in Infants

A recent study indicates there is a small but increased risk of a particular lung condition the infant may develop when its mother takes an SSRI during the late stages of pregnancy. ... read more »

2013: Interesting Things We Learned About Making Babies

On the agenda was the science of preconception, conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. From that agenda, these 8 'most interesting things' were identified about making babies in 2013. ... read more »

Moderate Caffeine May Pose Risk to Pregnant Women

According to research study results, consuming moderate caffeine amounts in pregnancy may not be detrimental to fetal growth and health. ... read more »

C-Sections Are More Likely in For-Profit Hospitals

Pregnant women may be receiving more C-sections to generate higher income for hospitals and doctors. ... read more »

Pregnancy Expectation Off by Five Weeks

Perhaps no other time in life makes the countdown by week as important as it is during pregnancy when the 38-week mark is expected to mean a date with the delivery room. ... read more »

Women 35+ Less Likely to Have Babies with Anatomical Defects

A study revealed a decreased risk of anatomical defects by as much as 40% when the mother is older. ... read more »

US Army Enlists New Breastfeeding Policy

On September 29, the US Army became the final military branch to implement a breastfeeding policy for new mothers in the Army. ... read more »

Stillbirth Risk Increases with Stressful Pregnancy

The impact of stress on health and well-being is widely reported in medical literature. Information collected from the National Institutes of Health suggests stress may be to blame for stillbirth. ... read more »

Sibling Study Questions Merits of Breastfeeding

Dr. Cynthia Colen wasn’t satisfied with the studies of the merits of breastfeeding versus bottle feeding that she sees in her work. ... read more »

2008-8: Stress in Pregnancy Linked to Schizophrenia in Child

Pregnancy is quite a crucial time for the mother as well as the growing baby. It's well-known fact that mothers during this time should be taken well care of, physically as well mentally, for if this is not done, it can adversely affect the health of the unborn child. ... read more »

Treatment of Gestational Trophoblastic Tumors During Pregnancy

Researchers from the Department of Medical Oncology at Charing Cross Hospital recently published a study on the treatment outcomes of patients diagnosed with gestational trophoblastic tumors following the development of a molar pregnancy. ... read more »

Secondhand Smoke Can Be Disastrous For Pregnancy

A recent study compared the effects of smoke exposure at various levels to the pregnancy outcomes of more than 80,000 women. ... read more »

Employers Do Discriminate Against Pregnant Employees

It's against federal law and many state laws to discriminate against pregnant employees but employers are a crafty lot, according to Reginald Byron. ... read more »

Doctors Not Always in the “Pink” with Newborn Apgar Scores

One measure on the Apgar test is raising concerns. Some doctors are so concerned they're calling for a reassessment of the criteria used for newborn evaluation. ... read more »

"Designer Baby" Patent a Bioethical Concern

A group of bioethicists has gone on record for speaking out against a controversial patent that could lead to the development of 'designerbabies'. ... read more »

Man’s Low Testosterone Levels Could Begin in the Womb

A recent study suggests the level of testosterone his body produces in adulthood may be determined while he's still in the womb. ... read more »

Genetic Variations in Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

NAS is caused by opioid-dependence during pregnancy. Researchers revealed a connection between genetic variants in newborns with the condition, length of hospital stay and necessary treatment. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders Linked to Environmental Stressors During Gestation

A team of researchers based at Yale University seem to be one giant step closer to solving the riddles of when and how some psychiatric disorders start. ... read more »

Risk of Stillbirth Found Higher After ART Use

According to a research study by Morbidity in ART (MART), the rate of stillbirth is higher in pregnancies conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those naturally conceived. ... read more »

Blood Test for Pregnant Women Shows RNA Activity in Fetus

Researchers at Stanford University in California have developed a test that uses a small sample of a pregnant woman's blood to monitor the RNA activity of a fetus throughout pregnancy. ... read more »

Soldier Moms Breastfeed in Uniform for Photoshoot

Tara Ruby really wanted to breastfeed her baby longer than eight weeks but her duties as a US Army soldier from 1997 to 2001 made nursing too challenging to continue. ... read more »

Pregnancy Linked to Mental Health Conditions in Female Vets

U.S. female veterans who become pregnant may be at increased risk for mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to researchers at Yale University School of Medicine. ... 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 »

Performance Artist Shares Story of Tragic End to Pregnancy

Nicole Stewart's show Bun in the Oven was supposed to be funny, filled with happy stories. It wasn't, but as the saying goes, the show must go on, so it opened as scheduled in October 2013. ... 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 »

Nicotine Replacements Linked to Child Obesity Risk

Smoking is one of the toughest habits to break but many women find that pregnancy gives added incentive to kick the habit. Some turn to nicotine replacement therapy to ease the transition. ... read more »

Nicotine Increases Risk of Heart Problems in Infants

More and more studies are being released connecting fetal habits with lifelong side effects in children. According to researchers nicotine increases fetal blood pressure, which could lead to increased risk for heart disease and high blood pressure later in life. ... read more »

New Understanding of Preeclampsia May Lead to Future Drug Therapies

Preeclampsia 'has puzzled scientists for year." But lead research scientist's discoveries offer hope for drug therapies that could be used in the future to treat preeclampsia before any harm is done. ... read more »

Healthy Pregnancy Diet: 15% Decreased Risk of Preterm Birth

Norweigan researchers examined the eating and drinking habits of 66,000 pregnant women to see if there were any links between dietary intake during pregnancy and their risk of preterm delivery. ... read more »

Rescue of Infant Emphasizes Value of Infant CPR

Sebastian de la Cruz is one lucky little guy. His parents adore him, his aunt recently sprung into heroic action to save his life, and the five-month-old boy will soon be somebody's big brother. ... read more »

Air Pollution Exposure and Pregnancy Outcomes

According to several studies, even low levels of air pollution can negatively affect pregnancies and fetal morbidity risks. ... read more »

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