New Asthma Treatment Available for Pregnant Women

Asthma is one of the more difficult health problems to control during pregnancy. Doctors need to control exacerbations, but they also want to reduce the amount of medication taken by pregnant women and thus the fetus. ... 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 »

Exercise During Pregnancy 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 »

The Maternal and Fetal Effects of Iodine Supplements

The Thyroid Research Group in Cardiff, United Kingdom recently published a study in the European Journal of Endocrinology on the impact of iodine supplements on maternal and newborn health when iodine deficiency was diagnosed. ... read more »

Fetal Testing and Monitoring

Fetal testing and monitoring are done to ensure that a fetus is healthy and growing at an acceptable rate. Fetal tests can help detect potential and actual problems. This gives the doctors an opportunity to treat the problem before it further develops, if at all possible. ... read more »

Chemotherapy During Pregnancy: No Developmental Problem Risk

Using chemotherapy during pregnancy for the treatment of cancer comes with great concern for the health of the fetus. Researchers have recently completed a study involving a small number of children born after in-utero exposure to chemotherapy. ... read more »

Counting Fetal Movements - The Fetal Kick Count

There are numerous ways to count your baby's movements and numerous opinions on how many movements you are looking for within a certain amount of time. ... read more »

Counting Fetal Movements - The Baby Kick Count

A fetal kick count, counting the fetal movements, is among the most important observation to ensure the baby's health. Every pregnant woman should learn how to count her fetus' movements. ... read more »

Timing Important to Outcome of Carcinogen Exposure in Womb

Researchers have found a link between the outcome of fetal health when exposed to carcinogens and when the fetus was exposed during gestation. The study was completed by researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute (Oregon State University). ... read more »

LTB4 and 5-LO Levels in Pregnancy

Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Qilu Hospital of Shandong University recently published a study on LTB4 and 5-LO levels throughout pregnancy. ... read more »

Pregnant Women Can Drink – New Study Claims

Researchers working with the Danish National Birth Cohort claim drinking in the early parts of pregnancy has no negative impact on the pregnancy or fetal health, according to a new report. ... read more »

Asthma Treatment May Increase Risk Factors in Fetus

Pregnant women with asthma typically used inhaled glucocorticoid during pregnancy. Glucocorticoids relax the lungs and make it easier to breathe. While the risk of disease does not increase when the fetus is exposed to these asthma medications, the risk of metabolic problems and endocrine disturbances may increase. ... read more »

Doppler Ultrasound During Pregnancy

Unlike ultrasound imaging used to give parents a picture of baby in-utero, Doppler ultrasound is used to view blood flow in the fetus. ... read more »

Sleep Disorders May be Affecting Fetal Health

Sleep has proven health benefits and according to researchers at the University of Sydney could be beneficial for women with preeclampsia. The condition requires immediate medical attention and often leads to premature delivery and low birth weight. ... read more »

Fetal Heart Rate Not Good Predictor of Fetal Health

According to a research study completed by the Intermountain Medical Center, fetal heart rate may not be the best indicator of fetal health. ... read more »

Proper Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnant women used to be told to eat for two during pregnancy. But eating for the baby is much more involved than simply eating more food. ... read more »

6 Stages in Pregnancy: The Changing Female Body

Stages in pregnancy are often divided up into weeks or trimesters. Within these common stages in pregnancy are six major times of change. ... read more »

Fetal Size Impacts Stillbirth Risk

Researchers from St. Michaels Hospital have found a new possible risk factor for stillbirths that could lead to lifestyle changes and pregnancy screenings to reduce the risk. ... read more »

Your Body’s Telling You Something Good

A research report appearing at the 120th convention of the American Psychological Association showed a clear connection between thinking happy thoughts and having a happy pregnancy. ... read more »

Assisted Breathing

Whether the woman has chosen a natural childbirth or a labor with pain medication, breathing is essential to the health of the baby during this stressful time. ... read more »