Pregnancy safety is a relative new term to mean that recommendations are made and guidelines implemented wither outside or inside the hospital to ensure that both mothers and babies are safe.

Fear of Medication during Pregnancy can be Harmful

A pregnant woman, I’ll call her Dorie, was concerned about the effect that her asthma medication might have on her unborn baby. ... read more »

Allergies in Pregnancy - What's Safe?

Women who suffer from allergies may find that they get better, stay the same, or feel even worse in pregnancy — each individual's response is different. ... read more »

Vision Affected by Chemicals in Water

Researchers have found a chemical in water that may damage the vision of your unborn child if you come in contact with the chemical during pregnancy. The chemical is called tetrachloroethylene or PCE. ... read more »

Long-Term Effect of Elevated Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

High blood pressure in pregnancy is a clear warning sign for preeclampsia. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure has also been associated with birth defects and long-term side effects on maternal health independent of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Flu Vaccine Protects Baby From Much More Than the Flu

The 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic offered unprecedented opportunity to study the effect of flu vaccinations on pregnant women and the babies they carried. Before 2009, less than 18 percent of all pregnant women in the US got flu shots. In 2009, that rate rose to 45 percent. ... read more »

Full-term Pregnancy Gets New Definition

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine issued a joint Committee Opinion in October 2013 that includes some very precise terminology for the last stages of pregnancy. ... read more »

Exercising While Pregnant Improves Heart Function in Offspring

A mother can improve the health of her child's heart by exercising during pregnancy, according to a new study. ... read more »

Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy-Related Deaths

The 2013 annual conference of the American Heart Association was held recently in Dallas, Texas. At a press briefing there, Dr. Afshan B. Hameed said that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death related to pregnancy in the state of California. ... read more »

Pets and Pregnancy Safety

There is no doubt that pets bring unyielding joy to a person's life. Studies show that people who own pets are happier and healthier. So what happens when you get pregnant? ... 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 »

Categories of Drugs In Pregnancy

Drugs in pregnancy are categorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into category A, B, C, D, or X, depending on how much evidence there is of potential harm to the fetus: ... read more »

Is It Safe To Fly During Pregnancy?

Flying can be safe in pregnancy as long as you take certain precautions. Air travel can be very tiring, and there are several suggestions to make it less stressful. ... read more »

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 »

Pregnancy Safety Guide

Everything you need to know about which activities, sports, foods, and exposures are safe. ... read more »

Marijuana and Pregnancy

Marijuana use in pregnancy can harm the baby. That is why all major medical organization such as ACOG and the CDC recommend that you do not use marijuana when trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy. ... read more »

Cell Phone Use During Pregnancy

Who isn’t attached to their cell phone most of the day? However, if you’re pregnant, you may want to start being cognizant of how often you are using your phone. ... read more »

Toxins in Household Cleaning Products During Pregnancy

There are so many cleaning products out there, it is difficult to make a specific statement about them but precautions need to be taken before and during pregnancy. ... read more »

Effect of Prescribed Methadone on Infant Vision

Misuse of drugs during pregnancy has been found to increase the risk of infant visual impairments. Researchers from the Princess Royal Maternity in Glasgow recently published a study in the journal Pediatrics on the infant visual evoked potentials (VEP). ... read more »

Chemicals, Toxins, Environmental Risks, and Pregnancy Guide

This effect on the health of mothers, fathers, and babies in utero has prompted the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to call for stricter policies concerning environmental chemicals. ... 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 »

Mom's Blood Sugar Influences Child's Weight

An expectant mother's blood sugar levels affect how heavy her baby will be, according to a new study. ... read more »

How Does Maternal Obesity Affect Offspring?

High-fat and high-sugar diets are thought to play a role in the rise of obesity, but researchers believe the next generation will be predisposed to obesity and certain diseases due to molecular mechanisms that take place in the uterus during gestation. ... read more »

Study: Magnesium Sulfate for Neuroprotection

Magnesium sulfate is currently used as a neonatal neuroprotectant for deliveries at less than 30 weeks gestation. Researchers recently started collecting data for a trial covering gestational ages 30 to 34 weeks. ... 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 »

Tobacco and Marijuana Use in Low-Income Pregnancies

According to a study published in the Journal of Addiction, Research and Therapy, marijuana use in pregnancy may be more prevalent than tobacco use because pregnant women perceive the drug as a safer alternative to tobacco use. ... read more »

Eating Nuts While Pregnant May Reduce Child's Food Allergy Risk

A woman can reduce her child's risk for allergies by eating peanuts during pregnancy, according to a new study. ... read more »

Pregnant Women and West Virginia Chemical Spill Impact

More than 300,000 residents of West Virginia have been unable to use the tap water running into their homes, workplaces, restaurants, schools, and elsewhere. ... 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 »

Antidepressants and Pulmonary Hypertension in Infants

According to a new study, the use of antidepressants during pregnancy may increase the risk of high blood pressure in the lungs or pulmonary hypertension. ... read more »

World Mourns Thalidomide Champion, Frances Oldham Kelsey

Dr. Kelsey would change the world of pharmaceuticals, and save the lives of untold thousands of babies around the world. ... read more »

Are Stool-Softening Laxatives Safe While Pregnant?

All about stool-softening laxatives and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Is Taking Pepcid AC During Pregnancy Safe?

All about Pepcid AC during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe for use? ... read more »

Tylenol During Pregnancy and ADHD Risk

The general perception has been that it's OK to take Tylenol during pregnancy but a recent study of Danish mothers and their children suggests some rethinking may be in order. ... read more »

Pregnancy Safety: Perfluorinated Chemicals

Perfluorinated chemicals, also known as PFCs, are used in so many everyday household items it's almost impossible to avoid exposure. They're in food packaging, pesticides, and personal care products as well as carpets, clothing, and upholstery. ... read more »

Pregnancy Safety: Organophosphate Pesticides

Once nerve agents of chemical warfare, organophosphates are now commonly used in agricultural pesticides that dust many of our industrial crops and are commonly used in home gardens, too. ... read more »

Say No to Black Licorice During Pregnancy

I understand that some women have some pretty odd cravings when they’re pregnant, but while most foods don’t do much harm, there are some foods you should definitely avoid. One of these foods is glycyrrhiza glabra, or black licorice.  ... read more »

Methadone Users and Drug-Affected Children

Methadone is a synthetic analgesic drug that is used as a substitute to treat morphine and heroin addiction. Even if mothers are not actively on heroin or other opiates, methadone has its own consequences when taken while pregnant. ... read more »

Optimum Oral Hygiene Vital to Healthy Pregnancy

Optimum oral hygiene during pregnancy is vital to the health of the mother and the baby she carries. ... read more »

Non-Delivery Hospitalization Ups Risk of Clotting

It is a well-accepted fact in the medical community that the longer a patient stays in the hospital, the more likely a blood clot will develop. A blood clot, also called venous thromboembolism (VTE), can be life-threatening. ... 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 »

Anorexic Mom Eating for Two

Britain's Daily Mail reports the story of attractive 21-year-old Holly Griffiths, who is due to give birth soon to her second child. It's a very high-risk pregnancy because Griffiths has battled anorexia since she was just 8 years old. ... read more »

Lead: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Lead has a reputation for being the bad boy of environmental toxins but many people don't know why. The chemical structure of lead is similar to calcium, therefore it is stored in the bones and teeth, right alongside calcium. ... read more »

Is it Safe to Take A Bath During Pregnancy?

There are so many myths surrounding pregnancy, and the dos and don'ts on what is safe to do while you're pregnant seem to change from day to day. Is it safe to take a bath during pregnancy? ... read more »

Dental Health Important During Pregnancy

A new report from the AAP claims poor periodontal health may be at increased risk of premature delivery or having a low birth weight baby. These potential outcomes are supported by the European Federation of Periodontology. ... 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 Opioid Dependence in Pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Oslo recently completed a study investigating two possible opioid treatments commonly used in pregnancy in order to determine possible side effects or complications that may be associated with the drug combinations. ... read more »

United States Updates HIV Screening Recommendations

A recent publication in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports a change has been made to screening recommendations that include recommendations for screening during pregnancy. ... read more »

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