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.

How Safe is a Massage During Pregnancy?

When you are pregnant or trying to conceive, it can be a stressful time. Prenatal massages are great for stress relief and relaxation. A person who is trained in prenatal massage will be able to tend to stiff and tense muscles and provide much needed relief. ... read more »

Hair Salon Blow-Outs During Pregnancy

Hitting the salon for a wash, cut and style during pregnancy is the perfect way to feel more beautiful, but not all beauty treatments are safe for pregnant women. ... read more »

Climate Change, the Environment, and Reproductive Health

The environment affects you ability getting pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy. ... read more »

Antibacterial Products May Promote Nasal Staph Infections

Triclosan is a synthetic compound used in many personal care products labeled as antibacterial. It is considered safe to use, however, recent studies suggest otherwise. ... read more »

Pulmonary Thromboembolism and Embolism in Pregnancy

Venous thromboembolism is a serious disorder that is the result of blood clots that form on the walls of veins. For pregnant women, VT is the number one risk of death during delivery of the baby. ... read more »

Working During Pregnancy? The Dos and Don'ts of Office Life

Changing a few of your normal activities at work and preparing early for the potential impact of pregnancy on your workday can ease your struggles and help make work tolerable again. ... read more »

Is It Safe to Put Headphones on Your Belly During Pregnancy?

While music is generally considered safe for the fetus, there are some rules about playing music through your belly aimed at protecting baby and preventing possible risk during development. ... read more »

Gonorrhea During Pregnancy

Gonorrhea is a serious bacterial infection that may be passed from one partner to another during sexual contact. Sexual contact includes oral, anal and genital sex. ... read more »

Contacts Lenses During Pregnancy

Wearing contacts during pregnancy is a safe choice. ... read more »

Printers, Ink, and Toners During Pregnancy

If your job includes close proximity to a printer or requires touching toner and ink, will that harm your baby? What about our home printers and copiers? ... read more »

Phtalates and Bisphenol-A (BPA): Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical known as an endocrine disruptor that mimic's the effects of estrogen, was found in the bodies of 96 percent of all American women pregnant in 2011. ... 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 »

Hormone Fertility and Pregnancy Disrupting 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 »

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 »

Summer Pregnancy Survival: Be a Cool Hot Mama-To-Be

Staying indoors and positioning yourself in the path of your air conditioner is one option for surviving an August heat wave, but smart clothing choices can also help you enjoy the summer months. ... read more »

Are Trampolines Safe During Pregnancy?

Jumping on a trampoline carries a high risk of falls and injuries. Should you do it during pregnancy? ... read more »

Swimming in Oceans, Lakes and Rivers When Pregnant

Unlike swimming pools, oceans, lakes, and rivers are not treated to remove dangerous bacteria and germs, leaving many pregnant women wondering about the safety of swimming in open waters. ... read more »

Salami During Pregnancy: Is It Safe To Eat?

Pregnant women are usually advised to avoid salami, though they may have a craving for it. Rightfully so, because there are several reasons why eating salami is not a good idea when pregnant. ... read more »

Are Salads Safe During Pregnancy?

Salads are part of a healthy pregnancy diet, but they can also be a war zone for unhealthy bacteria like listeria and other food-borne bacteria. ... read more »

hCG Levels and Sex of the Fetus

Could hCG levels signify whether you may be having a boy or a girl? A recent study says there is some evidence to support this idea. ... read more »

Getting There is Half the Battle of Labor

It’s finally the third trimester. You’ve made it through many weeks of aches and pains to reach this point, and now you are just counting down the hours until your bundle of joy finally arrives. ... read more »

Is It Safe To Eat Sushi During Pregnancy?

Eating sushi is part of a healthy diet, but can it harm your unborn baby? ... read more »

Chemicals May Affect Baby Sex

Researchers have found a link between the consumption of PBB polybrominated biphenyls and PCB polychlorinated biphenyls and the sex and gender of fetal offspring. ... read more »

Is It Healthy to Work Up Until My Due Date?

You may be wondering if working up until your pregnancy due date is safe for your health and the health of your unborn child. There are several factors to consider when choosing when to leave work and go on maternity leave, but the most important consideration is your overall health. ... read more »

Is Fasting Possible during Pregnancy?

Without eating properly, your baby might not be able to develop as quickly and completely as others, and he or she could suffer serious and lifelong consequences. ... read more »

Will Treating Morning Sickness Hurt Your Baby?

Morning sickness is actually the most common medical condition that pregnant women face, and approximately 80% of childbearing women deal with it every day. ... read more »

Mercury: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Human exposure to mercury comes through the air and the diet. Exposure threatens male and female reproductive health and poses profound neurological risks to a developing fetus. ... read more »

How Marijuana, Cannabis and CBD Affect Fertility and Pregnancy

See what the major medical organizations advise. ... read more »

How Changes in Altitude and Temperature Affect Pregnancy

The winter holidays are upon us. 'Tis the season for travel. Many women find that travel during pregnancy brings new challenges even when traveling to familiar places. ... read more »

March of Dimes Statement on Women and Alcohol Consumption

No level of alcohol use during pregnancy has been proven safe. The March of Dimes recommends that pregnant women do not drink any alcohol—including beer, wine, wine coolers, and hard liquor— throughout their pregnancy and while nursing. ... read more »

A Hot Shower Could Hurt More Than It Helps

Can a hot shower be a problem in pregnancy? ... read more »

Safe Beverages During Pregnancy

The best beverage for a pregnant woman and fetus is clean water, but drinking water constantly can get boring. What is safe to drink during pregnancy and what should be left until after baby is born? ... 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 »

Pregnancy Nutrition and Food Guide

What you should and shouldn't eat while pregnant. ... read more »

Beauty Products and Treatments During Pregnancy

Find out which beauty products are safe during pregnancy. ... read more »

How To Safely Bleach Your Body Hair During Pregnancy

Once you become self-conscious about your mustache or dark arm hair, bleaching will seem like the only way you can go out in public without being embarrassed. Luckily, studies show that bleach is probably perfectly safe. ... read more »

Is CBD Really the Cure-all It Claims to Be?

CBD has been touted to cure everything from recurring pain, sleep issues, PTSD, epilepsy and a host of other medical problems but its largest use seems to be in reducing anxiety. But does it really do all it claims? And how does it affect your body and health? ... read more »

Male Impact of Alcohol Use During Pregnancy

There is increasing evidence that heavy alcohol use by the male can lower the level of the male hormone testosterone, leading to low sperm counts, infertility, and problems in the newborn. ... read more »

Pregnancy Safety Guide

Everything you need to know about activities, sports, and food. ... read more »

Toxins in Household Cleaning Products During Pregnancy

What chemicals should you stay away from? ... read more »

Is MSG Safe During Pregnancy?

Monosodium glutamate, more commonly called MSG, can be found in many foods. Chinese food is a classic example, but it can also be found in sausage, salty chips, lunchmeats, Asian-inspired sauces and chicken products. ... read more »

Do Pesticides Affect Fertility and Pregnancy?

There is some proof that exposure to pest-control products at levels commonly used at home poses some risk to the fetus, and pregnant women should avoid them. ... read more »

Smoking and Pregnancy

Smoking can cause more than low birth weight. Pregnant mothers who smoke are at an increased risk of miscarriage and premature birth. ... read more »

One-Third Pregnant Americans Deficient in Iodine

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a policy statement that indicates one-third of all pregnant and breastfeeding women in the United States aren’t getting enough of iodine. ... read more »

Itchy Tummy May Be Pregnancy-Related Liver Disease

An itchy tummy is a common complaint among pregnant women. It's usually attributed to the skin being stretched tight across an expanding belly or increased blood flow to the abdomen. Sometimes, though, it can signify a liver disease associated with pregnancy ... read more »

Are Mom’s Immunosuppressant Drugs Safe for the Baby?

A recently published paper from medical researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, indicates there is no significant risk associated with some of the most commonly prescribed immunosuppressants and adverse outcomes on fetal development. ... read more »

Preterm Birth Rate at Record Low

The March of Dimes issues an annual 'report card' to each state and to the US as a nation. The report cards reveal which well-baby strategies areworking and where improvement is needed. ... read more »

8 Public Places to Avoid During Cold and Flu Season

The best way to treat a cold or the flu is not to get them in the first place. Prevention means knowing where these nasty germs are hiding and avoiding them like the plague. ... read more »

Do Snoring Moms Have Smaller Babies?

Snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a breathing problem that occurs during sleep and causes lowered levels of oxygen in the blood. This lowering of blood oxygen levels can affect the health of a developing baby. ... read more »

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