Pregnancy News and Studies

Violent Relationships During Pregnancy May Cause Difficulty Parenting

If your relationship was rocky and violent during pregnancy, you are less likely to adopt a good parenting style after the baby is born, according to a new study. ... read more »

Two Years of Breastfeeding Likely to Become Law in United Arab Emirates

A draft of a new mandatory breastfeeding law was passed that is likely to become part of a more comprehensive law aimed at protecting the rights of children in the federation. ... read more »

Prematurity Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease

Premature delivery of a baby comes with a long list of potential complications, including prolonged hospital stays, difficulty breathing and difficulty maintaining proper body temperature due to low levels of fat on the neonatal body. ... read more »

Pregnancy Expectation Off by Five Weeks

Perhaps no other time in life makes the countdown by week as important as it is during pregnancy when the 38-week mark is expected to mean a date with the delivery room. ... read more »

Performance Artist Shares Story of Tragic End to Pregnancy

Nicole Stewart's show - Bun in the Oven - was supposed to be funny, filled with happy stories. It wasn't, but as the saying goes, the show must go on, so it opened as scheduled in October 2013. ... read more »

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Increases Lifetime Risk of Stroke

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the most common medical concern doctors see in their pregnant patients. As many as three percent of all pregnant women experience complications of hypertension. ... read more »

Heart Disease Not An Issue with Adequate Pregnancy Care

According to the registry, if women receive good prenatal care, counseling on their condition and adequate treatment, heart disease does not pose a threat to pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

Eating for Two in Pregnancy? Don't. Nature's Got That Covered

One pregnancy myth - the need to eat for two- has recently been debunked in a scientific study that reveals Mother Nature already has pregnancy nutrition covered. ... read more »

Blue-Light Goggles in Development to Prevent Preterm Labor

Approximately 35% of all infant deaths in the US are linked to preterm labor. These grim statistics have led one professor on a quest to find a safe and effective way to prevent preterm labor. ... read more »

How Pre-Pregnancy Weight Affects Stillbirth Risk

Maternal obesity more than doubles the risk of stillbirth and neonatal death. ... read more »

Study: Happiest Mothers Have Vaginal Birth, No Epidural, Company, and Early Breastfeeding

A recent study conducted by scientists in Spain has identified four factors associated with childbirth that seem to make new mothers happiest. ... read more »

HIV Positive Teens Have Higher Risk of Complications During Pregnancy

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found a correlation between teens and young women and complications during pregnancy. ... read more »

Swedish Uterus Transplant: First Successful Embyro

The Swedish team of medical specialists has just announced that the first embryo implant has taken place. Others will follow in the coming months. ... read more »

Nausea and Vomiting Could be Positive Pregnancy Symptoms

Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have found a link between nausea and vomiting and a decread risk of spontaneous abortion. According to the research, pregnant women who suffered from nausea and vomiting were less likely to suffer from spontaneous abortion. ... read more »

Medical Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy

Current treatment protocol of ectopic pregnancy involves IM (intramuscular) injection of methotrexate and monitoring. Researchers recently completed a study on the effectiveness of this protocol. The study was published in the journal La Tunisie Medicale. ... read more »

Fetal Weight Estimation: US and MR Imaging

According to researchers from the University Hospital Brugmann in Brussels, fetal ultrasound may not be the most effective method of estimating fetal weight. ... read more »

Ectopic Pregnancy Treatments Reviewed

Researchers in France recently completed a study investigating the pregnancy rates between medical/conservative surgery and conservative surgery/radical surgery treatment of ectopic pregnancy. ... read more »

Time of Delivery Does Not Affect Safety of Births Involving Birth Defects

According to a new study completed by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, births occurring at night and over the weekend are just as safe for infants born with birth defects as weekday deliveries. ... read more »

Scientist Maps Plummeting Mother to Child HIV Transmission Rates

A researcher from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has mapped the incredible decline in HIV infections transmitted from mother to child. ... read more »

Prolonged Temporary Employment Can Delay Pregnancy

Researchers now think there is an association between a woman's employment status and the age at which she has her first child. A woman who works at temporary jobs is less likely to have her first child by the age of 35, according to a new study. ... read more »

Preeclampsia + Kidney Failure = Double Trouble?

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-related form of hypertension that occurs in fewer than 9 percent of all pregnancies worldwide. The ratio may seem small but the dangers to mother and child are quite serious. ... read more »

Paternal Age, Expectation During Pregnancy and Experiences in Childbirth

Researchers in Sweden recently published a study in the journal Midwifery showing older men are less likely to have a positive experience during pregnancy and childbirth than younger men. ... read more »

Mom’s Exercise Powers Up Baby’s Brain

The value of exercise makes headlines everywhere - on TV, on the internet, and in newspapers and in magazines. Exercise energizes us, helps us sleep better, builds stronger bones and muscles, keeps excess weight off, and helps fend off many common ailments. ... read more »

Laugh Your Way Through Labor, It’s a Real Gas!

Christina Szalinski found a way to confront the inevitable labor pains with a smile on her face, even when the contractions were at their strongest. Her secret? It's a gas. ... read more »

Laborists and Patient Satisfaction in Large, Urban Hospitals

Many hospitals are moving toward a laborist setting, according to recent research from authors at the University of Pennsylvania. A new study published in the journal Patient Preference and Adherence, examines this trend. ... read more »

Food Restrictions May Not be Necessary During Childbirth

When labor begins, food restrictions are typically enforced to protect the mother from possible pregnancy complications and/or side effects if a C-section delivery is needed. ... read more »

Fit Moms Have Heart-Healthy Babies

The findings of a joint project involving researchers in the United States and Germany indicate that the exercise a woman does while pregnant will have beneficial life-long effects on the health of the child she carries. ... read more »

Fiber Mesh Fabric Prevents Pregnancy and HIV

According to a research study published in PLoS One, the fibers can be modified to release medications immediately or over the course of a few days ' ideal for women seeking pregnancy and HIV protection other than the condom. ... read more »

Fear Leads to Longer Labor...Or Does it Just Seem That Way?

Try as they might, no one can ever fully prepare a woman for the experience of labor and childbirth. ... read more »

Efficacy of Routine Vaginal Examinations to Improve Labor Outcome

During labor, vaginal examinations are commonly used to predict progression of labor and labor outcome, but researchers from the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom suggest medical literature and outcomes do not support the practice. ... read more »

Efficacy of One-on-one Childbirth Care

In recent years, one-on-one childbirth care has moved from being the norm to being a rare occurrence. Laboring women are often left for lengths of time with no female support system. ... read more »

Effective Asthma Control Benefits Mother and Baby

Asthmatic mothers-to-be everywhere can breathe easier knowing the medications they relied upon before becoming pregnant are the best course of treatment during pregnancy, too. ... read more »

The Doula: Latest Trend in NYC Delivery Rooms

Massage. Acupuncture. Nutrition counseling. Encouragement.Education. Exotic services. Sound like a new-age health spa? No. It's delivery room. All these things come by way of a doula. ... read more »

Differences in Non-Indicated C-Sections and Labor Induction in Rural Versus Urban Hospitals

There are differences in obstetrics care provided in rural and urban areas, according to a new study. ... read more »

Closer to Establishing Risk Factors for Infant Death and Cerebral Palsy

Dr. Karen Nelson from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) division NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) recently investigated four possible risk factors for infant death and cerebral palsy. ... read more »

Cardiovascular Disease Leading Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California

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 cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death related to pregnancy in the state of California. ... read more »

C-Section Rates and Maternal BMI

Researchers from the University of Tennessee Medical Center published a study in the journal of the Tennessee Medical Association describing the impact of obesity on C-section rates. ... read more »

Bariatric Surgery Risk: Preterm and Low Birth Weight Babies

Women who have had bariatric surgery have higher risks for early delivery during pregnancy and having babies who were small for their gestational age, according to a new study published in BMJ. ... read more »

Baby’s Brain Injury May Have Occurred Long Before Delivery

Recent advances in medical science indicate many brain injuries occur during pregnancy, long before labor begins. In these cases, medical personnel are not at fault. ... read more »

75-Percent of Moms-to-be Don't Exercise to Improve Mood

The medical science that documents the value of exercise during pregnancy is vast. Study results indicate regular exercise minimizes the musculoskeletal discomforts that come with advancing pregnancy, improves quality of sleep, minimizes pregnancy weight gain, and even shortens labor. ... read more »

Air Pollution, Maternal Distress and Child Behavior

Researchers know that air pollution may have negative effects on fetal and child health. It is also known that maternal mental state also affect fetal and child health. Researchers recently published a study in the journal Pediatrics that combines the two. ... 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 »

How an Extra Chromosome Changes Entire Genome of Twins

Dr. Stylianos Antonarakis and his international team of researchers had the rare opportunity to study the genomes of identical twins where one twin had Down syndrome and the other did not. ... read more »

Sun Exposure Diminishes Value of Folic Acid Supplements

A team of researchers in Australia have discovered that too much exposure to the UV rays of sunshine depletes folate levels in spite of healthy diet and supplements. ... read more »

Effect of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy

Does iron deficiency anemia (IDA) during pregnancy affect the mental development of the fetus? Researchers from United Nations Children'sFund Office for China recently completed a study claims there is aconnection between the two. ... read more »

Non-Food Pregnancy Cravings Could Be the Body’s Natural Detox Cure

Food cravings during pregnancy sometimes go beyond usual edibles. Craving to eat unusual things is called pica. ... read more »

Harmful Toxins Passed From Mothers to Infants

When a child is born into the world, we expect them to be healthy, pure, and untainted by the age-inducing, toxic elements that we are sometimes unavoidably exposed to in today's developed world. A surprising new study may have put a damper on the pristine image. ... read more »

Premature Births with Stress-Related Premature Aging of Placenta

Premature births are the subject of many scientific studies, including a recent one that links stress-related premature aging of the placenta to premature rupture of the placental membranes. ... read more »

Risk of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator During Pregnancy

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are implanted in the body when a patient is at increased risk of cardiac death. The ICD detects heart rhythm and sends a jolt of electricity to the heart when arrhythmia occurs. ... read more »

Smoking Ban Helps Reduce Risk of Pregnancy Complications

A report published in the Journal of Women's Health proves that banning smoking can have a positive impact on pregnancy. The result was a significant reduction in early birth risk. ... read more »

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