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.

MSG Is 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 »

Healthy Pregnancy Diet May Reduce Birth Defect Risk

Women who eat healthy during pregnancy are less apt to have children with birth defects, according to new research published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. ... read more »

Strep Infection During Pregnancy

When strep infection occurs in the uterus, complications quickly set in and the death rate soars to as high as 50%. ... read more »

Pregnancy Nutrition and Food Guide

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

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 »

Chemicals May Affect Baby Gender

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 »

Climate Change, the Environment, and Reproductive Health

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

Avoid These 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 »

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 »

Toxins in Household Cleaning Products During Pregnancy

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

Babymooning Around the World: Fodor’s Best Beaches for 2014

This 2014 recommendation of the 15 best beaches around the world is sure to spark babymooning ideas for travel far and wide. ... read more »

Understanding Pregnancy Food Restrictions

What was this list all about? Other than perhaps triggering nausea symptoms with their smell, what could these cheeses possibly do to a pregnant woman that she would have to start leading a nearly cheese-free life? ... read more »

Is it Safe to Play Hockey During Pregnancy?

Exercise is a vital component of a healthy pregnancy. In fact, staying active throughout your pregnancy helps ensure a healthier, less complicated nine months as well as labor and delivery. Yet not all sports and physical activities are safe to do while pregnant. ... read more »

Is It Safe to Roller Skate During Pregnancy?

Even for experienced skaters, skating poses a significant risk during pregnancy. As adults, many of us skate around our parks for exercise and recreation. Yet even for experienced skaters, roller skating poses a risk during pregnancy. ... read more »

Atrazine: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

The widely used herbicide, atrazine, interferes with thyroid hormones, a factor that suggests a link between the chemical and autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. ... read more »

Arsenic: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Arsenic, described as notoriously poisonous to multicellular life, is a common groundwater contamination that affects millions of people worldwide. Contamination is strongest near mining operations. ... read more »

Dioxins: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Ninety percent of human exposure to dioxins comes from the food supply.As with humans, dioxins accumulate in a food animal's fatty tissues.Meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish are the mostdioxin-contaminated foods in the global food supply. ... read more »

Perchlorate: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Perchlorate is a naturally occurring salt that is used to manufacture airbag inflation systems, fireworks, matches, and rocket fuel. Groundwater is the main source of perchlorate around the world. ... 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 »

Glycol Ethers: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Glycol ethers comprise a large group of solvents used industrially and in the home. The aromas emitted by glycol ether compounds run the gamut from odorless to quite strong. One form of glycol ether many women are familiar with is acetate-based nail polish remover. ... read more »

Fire Retardants: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

The use of fire retardants in the American furniture industry is similar to a double-edged sword: they probably do prevent a certain degree of fires but they do so with environmental toxins that create their own set of ills. ... read more »

Pregnancy Safety Guide

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

Tips for Surviving Holiday Buffets During Pregnancy

What would the holidays be without food and family? ... read more »

Hair Coloring During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Haircare and hair dye include a number of chemicals. Each product is different, and before using it while pregnant, you need to read the list of ingredients carefully. ... read more »

Phthalates: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Phthalates are thought to be endocrine disrupters that are difficult to hide from. Toiletries and cosmetics are laced with them. ... 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 »

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 »

Organic Solvents and Pregnancy

A Canadian study found that women who were exposed to solvents on the job during their first trimester of pregnancy were about 13 times more likely than unexposed women to have a baby with a major birth defect ... read more »

Garden Fertilizer During Pregnancy

Growing a garden filled with flowers, or fruits and vegetables is also a healthy way to tend to your nesting needs when you are pregnant. However, if you are using fertilizer in your garden, you need to be aware of some gardening hazards during pregnancy. ... read more »

Air Fresheners And Pregnancy

During pregnancy, any unpleasant aroma may worsen your nausea, but before you grab that aerosol can filled with air freshener, think again. ... read more »

Kids, Stress and Pregnancy

The average family has two to three children. That means at least once in your life you are likely to be pregnant with one or more children in the home. Raising children is one of the most empowering, stressful life events. Stress can lead to pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Learn what food to avoid before and during pregnancy! ... read more »

How Vitamin D Deficiency Affects a Fetus

Even mothers that spend plenty of time in the sun can be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Though it’s not the first thing many women think of, a lack of vitamin D can have severe effects on your you and your baby during your pregnancy. ... 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 »

Multi-Studies Indicate SSRI Use Safe During Pregnancy

A class of drugs known as SSRIs brings relief to many people experiencing depression and anxiety but some doctors are hesitant to prescribe them for pregnant women. ... 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 »

Mom's Stress May Increase Baby's Asthma and Allergy Risk

SUNDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- If an expectant mother is exposed to high levels of stress, her baby may be more likely to develop asthma or allergies later in life, new research suggests. ... read more »

How Mom Can Pass Stress to Her Baby Through Placenta

Mothers may pass stress onto their babies two different ways, according to new studies. Findings show that mothers could pass the damaging effects of stress onto their newborns through their placentas and through bacteria in their vaginas. ... read more »

Pregnant Women Can Choose Antidepressants over Anxiety

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder and are considering pregnancy, you are probably wondering whether or not you should discontinue the use of your antidepressants for the duration of your gestation. ... 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 »

The Dr. Ruth and Dr. Amos Book

Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Dr. Amos Grunebaum are in the process of writing a new book. We would appreciate you completing a brief survey. ... 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 »

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 »

Ease Holiday Stress During Pregnancy

Minimizing stress is important to your baby's health and your own. ... read more »

How to Enjoy Your Pregnancy During the Holidays

You can have an enjoyable holiday season while pregnant. ... read more »

How to Trim the Holiday Tree While Pregnant

Take a new approach to holiday tree trimming with these tips! ... read more »

10 Tips When Your Baby Is Due During the Holidays

You can plan for the holiday and your birth at the same time! ... read more »

Is Pumpkin Spice Safe During Pregnancy?

Pumpkin has a range of health benefits but what about pumpkin spice? ... read more »

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