Vaping Electronic Cigarettes EVPs Is Not Safe During Pregnancy

Electronic e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies and can damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs. In addition, some of the flavorings used in e-cigarettes may be harmful to a developing fetus. ... read more »

Flu Vaccination Not Just Safe But Protective During Pregnancy

Their findings, recently published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, proved better than anticipated. The flu vaccine is not just safe for mother and baby, it's actually protective of the baby, too. ... read more »

Key to Sperm-Related Male Infertility

Many factors determine male fertility. The exact mechanisms resulting in poor sperm quality have been elusive but a team of California physiologists may have discovered the key. ... read more »

Home-Birth Apgar Scores Too Good to Be True?

A newborn baby's Apgar score provides a quick summary of the health of the child a minute after it's born and again at five minutes. Possible scores range from a low of zero to a high of 10. ... read more »

Heavy Kids Are Sluggish Thinkers

Excess pounds in childhood threaten the child's health well into adulthood and advanced age. One study indicates that kids who are too heavy are more sluggish thinkers than their thinner peers. ... read more »

Is Antibiotic-Laced Burger Meat Unhealthy?

A new study from Consumer Reports may suggest some rethinking about your beloved burger is in order. Industrial-scale beef producers include antibiotics as a daily part of their livestock’s diet. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Risk of BRCA Ovarian Cancer

“Heredity is not destiny,” says Dr. Timothy R. Rebbeck. There are specific measures a woman can take that significantly reduce the odds of developing a BRCA-related cancer. ... read more »

Harmful Fats in Mom’s Diet Can Effect Newborn’s Health

The higher a woman's intake of trans fats (chemically produced fats that are not beneficial to health) during the second trimester of pregnancy, the larger her newborn. ... read more »

Fertility-Friendly Fats

Along with increasing risk of coronary artery disease, saturated fat has now been found to decrease fertility in men. The difference is significant. ... read more »

Prepubescent Male Smokers Father Overweight Sons

The findings of a lengthy study suggest that a boy's use of cigarettes today may have a dramatic effect on the kids he'll have someday, especially his sons. ... read more »

Link Between Brain Chemicals and Developmental Problems in Newborns

Scientists have discovered a new way to determine whether a preterm infant is at risk for motor development problems. ... read more »

Autism Symptoms Affected by Birth Timing

Researchers at Michigan State University has revealed a connection between pre-term and post-term delivery and certain autism symptoms. ... read more »

Consumer Reports’ Top 5 Infant Car Seats

To keep your littlest passengers safe, Consumer Reports have devised a new series of rigorous tests for car seats for children of all ages. ... read more »

Study Links Consumption of Trans Fats to Bigger Babies

We've known for over twenty years that trans fats (man-made fats used to preserve the shelf life of foods) negatively affect our health, but new research is showing that it may also affect the health of our newborns. ... read more »

Suicide Risk Among New Mothers and Soon-to-be Mothers

A very recent study published online in the General Hospital Psychiatry journal claims additional services may be needed by women who are pregnant and those who have just delivered a child. ... read more »

Maternal Fluoride Exposure

New research studying maternal fluoride exposure in pregnant women has found that the higher the levels of fluoride are in pregnancy, the lower a child’s IQ will be later. ... read more »

Maternity Weight Influences Baby's Risk of Autism

A team of research psychiatrists at the University of Utah recently published the findings of a study comparing a woman's weight before and during pregnancy with the risk of her child being diagnosed in the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ... read more »

The Benefits of Extended Maternity Leave

A recent Norwegian report examining the national economic impact of extended paid maternity leave has mothers crying foul all over the world. The study says there is no apparent economic incentive to extend maternity leave. ... read more »

Choline May Protect Baby for Life

Recently, researchers from Cornell University revealed another important piece of the pregnancy nutrition / fetal health puzzle. According to their research, choline consumption during pregnancy is directed related to the long-term health of the child. ... read more »

Being Born Premature Can Affect Your Love Life, Says Study

Being born prematurely can affect your love life, specifically your partner and sexual relationships. The analysis, which looked at research involving up to 4.4 million participants, found that adults who were born preterm or with low birth weight were less likely to find love or become parents. ... read more »

Postpartum Depression: Fathers Feel It, Too

Most people know that new mothers sometimes get the baby blues but a growing body of evidence says fathers sometimes feel it, too. ... read more »

Strive for 27 When Losing After-Baby Weight

The number 27 represents a healthy waist measurement for adult women, according to Dr. James Cerhan, an epidemiologist and lead author of the Mayo study. ... read more »

Baby Names: More About Parents Than Babies?

Adults in the child's life are just as influenced by the child's name; considering the ramifications of a child's name makes baby-naming a fun but daunting task. ... read more »

First-Time Fathers and the Delivery Room

Euphoria, agony, and everything in between. Back and forth, for hours. Those are the emotional memories of ten fathers participating in a Swedish study of first-time fathers in the delivery room. ... read more »

Fasting During Ramadan Linked to Lower Birth Weight

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Human Biology, the observance of Ramadan in the Muslim faith has a negative effect on the fetus that could cause medical issues later in life. ... read more »

"Helicoptered" Kids Face Psychological Struggles in College

A 2013 study finds college students are seeking psychological counseling in greater numbers than ever before. One reason behind the increased need for psychological help is helicopter parenting. ... read more »

Do Fish Oil Supplements Increase Children’s Intelligence?

Two essential omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are extremely important during pregnancy, but can extra supplementation beyond diet increases a child's intelligence? ... read more »

Beyond Bone Health: Vitamin D Status May Affect Weight Gain

Known for its role in maintaining bone health by facilitating calcium absorption in the intestine, vitamin D also acts as a hormone in the body and affects the growth and differentiation of many different types of cells. ... read more »

Beware Baby Safety Gates

Baby safety gates work as ideal ways to define baby's realm of exploration but the extent of their safety depends on how safely they are used. ... read more »

No Alcohol Consumption Is Safe During Pregnancy

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a condition that affects the growing fetus when a pregnant woman consumes alcohol during pregnancy. ... read more »

Increasing Rate of C-Section May be Linked to Impatience

Since 1996, rates of C-sections have risen 50%. While C-sections are deemed necessary for multiple reasons, some experts believe impatience, both in a clinical sense and personal sense, may play some part in the consistent rise in C-sections. ... read more »

Acupuncture and Pregnancy Rates

Acupuncture given with embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation. ... read more »

Caffeine Consumption and Miscarriage

Drinking coffee and caffeine early in pregnancy may increase your risk of miscarriage and spontaneous abortion. ... read more »

Snoring and Pregnancy Gestational Diabetes

A new study from researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has found that women who reported frequent snoring during their pregnancy were more likely to develop gestational diabetes. ... read more »

Hurricane Exposure: Impact on Fetal Stress

Women and infants who lived through Hurricane Andrew may help predict the long-term effects of hurricanes on health. ... read more »

Lifetime Autism Price Tag $2 Million Plus

A study puts the lifelong price tag for living with autism at roughly $2.4 million (£1.414 million). ... read more »

Scientists Create Menstruating Mice for Endometriosis Study

Endometriosis is characterized by lesions of uterine tissue that grow outside of the uterus. ... read more »

Cause of Pain in Women with Endometriosis

Researchers know little about how pelvis pain is caused in women with endometriosis. In a recent study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, researchers suggest neural growth factors may play a part in the development of endometrial pain. ... read more »

SSRIs May Not Help Adults Who Had Early Life Stress

Unfortunately, SSRIs don’t work for everybody. Dr. Jeremy D. Coplan noticed SSRIs often don’t work on depression patients who had experienced early life stresses. ... read more »

Better Prenatal Care with More Pregnancy Tests

Providing women who are having unprotected sex with a home pregnancy test could have a substantial impact on the health of potential newborns. ... read more »

Contraceptive Gel May Soon Replace Pills

Researchers are studying the effects of a contraceptive gel that could be used in place of pill contraceptives. ... read more »

Maternal Diabetes May Increase Risk of C-Section Delivery

Half of the women who have diabetes prior to becoming pregnant, undergo C-sections that could have been avoided. ... read more »

Children Conceived via IVF are Just as Smart as Their Peers

According to a report published by the University of Iowa, children conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are just as smart as their naturally conceived peers. ... read more »

Are Cell Phones Causing Behavioral Problems in Kids?

A study of about 30,000 children is suggesting cell phone use could be the cause of behavioral problems in certain children. ... read more »

Plastics and Pesticides May Increase Risk of Infertility

A new study reveals that women working directly with pesticides and plasticizers may have less chance of getting pregnant. ... read more »

Does Alcohol-Free Mouth Wash Reduce Risk of Preterm Birth?

Researchers presented a study at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine yearly meet-up, The Pregnancy Meeting, regarding the possible benefits of using alcohol-free mouthwash to reduce preterm labor. ... 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 »

Changes in Vaginal pH May Indicate Premature Delivery

The pH of the vagina may be a good indicator of complications to come. During a model project spanning from 2004 to 2006, pregnant patients were asked to use test gloves to measure the pH of the vagina twice a week for 20 weeks. ... read more »

A Simple Hormone Test May Predict IVF Outcome

Researchers have found a hormone test to predict the potential outcome of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. ... read more »

Pregnancy Blood Clots on the Rise with IVF

According to a recent study published in BMJ, women who conceive with the help of IVF are more likely to suffer blood blots than women who conceive naturally. ... read more »

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