Pregnancy News and Studies

Preventing Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy

Clinical researchers have shown that hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and subclinical thyroid disorders have dangerous effects on pregnant women and the cerebral development of the fetus.   ... read more »

Maternal-Fetal Attachment During Early Pregnancy

Connection between the pregnant woman and the fetus is important to mental and physical health during pregnancy. Researchers from the Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan recently published a study on the topic in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. ... read more »

Flu Vaccine Gives Pregnant Women Surprising Benefit

The flu is associated with fever, nausea, and vomiting. Recent studies have linked fever with increased risk of autism, so preventing flu infection is extremely important during pregnancy. ... read more »

Birth Rates at Their Lowest in 32 Years

The CDC statistics show that birth rates declined for nearly all age groups of women under 35, but rose for women in their late 30s and early 40s. ... read more »

Herpes During Pregnancy

Genital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, occurring in one in five women in the United States. ... read more »

Stress Can Reduce Fertility

A study was done linking stress levels to infertility. According to the report, women who have higher than normal stress levels could have more difficulty conceiving. ... read more »

Undecided Gender OK on German Birth Certificates

German birth certificates have three gender identity options: male, female, and blank. The blank designation gives parents the option of waiting until later to specify the male / female identity of their child. ... read more »

Pacemaker Patients Are Healthy Enough for Baby

Thanks to advancements in medical technology and treatment, many heart defects are no longer a reason for reduced lifespan or the inability to carry a pregnancy. ... read more »

Separating Mother From Baby After Birth Causes Stress

Humans are the only species practicing infant/mother separation immediately after birth. According to researchers, separating infants from their mothers causes stress in the newborn. ... read more »

Does a Previous C-Section Scar Affect Implantation?

Researchers from the Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit at Queen Charlottes and Chelsea Hospital in London recently published a study in the journal Human Reproduction on the effect of C-section scarring on future implantation. ... 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 »

Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Second Trimester Complications

A recent study published in BJOG claims second trimester hyperemesis gravidarum may be associated with pregnancy complications involving the placenta. While evidence backs study author claims, the editor of BJOG is not sold on the importance of the study. ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Healing: Dry Cord vs. Human Milk

Researchers at the Department of Midwifery at the Islamic Azad University in Iran recently published a simple study on newborn umbilical cord care. The group aimed to find out if applying human milk to the remaining umbilical cord would affect healing/drop off time. ... read more »

Repeat C-Sections and Uterine Rupture Risk

After a vaginal birth, the uterus shrinks back down to normal size, ready for the next pregnancy. However, when a C-section is performed, there may be an increased risk of uterine rupture. ... 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 »

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 »

Start Lifestyle Changes Early for Healthy Pregnancies

Exercise is a great way to stay healthy during pregnancy, but it may not help overweight women prevent gaining more than they should. ... 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 »

Gestational Diabetes Not Affected by Low Carb Diet

Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women. Treatments typically include dietary changes and/or insulin treatment. ... read more »

New Mothers Wait Six Weeks Before Having Sex

According to a study published in BJOG, new mothers wait the recommended six weeks before having vaginal intercourse after the birth of their first child. Moreover, operative delivery leads to longer wait times. ... read more »

Researchers Create Patch to Repair Ruptured Membranes

One of the leading causes of premature labor is ruptured membranes.There are a variety of reasons why the 'bag of waters' ruptures tooearly, but once the bag has broken the pregnancy must end within a short period to prevent complications. ... read more »

Stress and Anxiety in Pregnancies with Fetal Malformations

Researchers in Brazil recently tested several psychological intervention techniques to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnant women with known fetal malformations. Sixty-five women were included in the study. ... 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 »

Miscarriage Risk Increases with Sustained Stress

Multiple research studies have investigated the impact of short-term, intense stress on pregnancy, but little is known about the effect of prolonged stress like that felt by women affected by the stresses of military or political life. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders Linked to Environmental Stressors During Gestation

A team of researchers based at Yale University seem to be one giant step closer to solving the riddles of when and how some psychiatric disorders start. ... 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 »

Stress During Pregnancy May Mean You’re Having a Girl – and Early!

The online journal Human Reproduction has published the results of a study linking stress during pregnancy to early birth and an increased chance of having a girl. ... read more »

Hormones Impact Stress, Memories, Understanding Social Cues

New research shows an unexpected link between sex hormones and cognitive function, such as memory and interpreting social cues, in females. ... read more »

Depression and Anxiety May Cause Low Birth Weight

According to a study completed in Bangladesh, women who suffer from depression and anxiety during pregnancy are more apt to give birth to a lower birth weight baby. ... read more »

Eating Seafood During Pregnancy May Reduce Anxiety

Low-mercury fish are a good source of omega fatty acids like DHA, but high-mercury fish should be avoided during pregnancy. According to researchers from Bristol University in the United Kingdom, low-mercury seafood offers more than omega fatty acids. ... read more »

Turn to Yoga During Pregnancy for Less Stress

Pregnancy can be one of the most joy-filled stages of life but many women are too stressed out to enjoy it to its fullest. Many doctors suggest yoga to their anxiety-ridden pregnant patients. ... 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 »

Midwives Provide Equal Care to Hospitals

The level of healthcare provided by certified nurse midwives may be better than or equal to the same care provided in a hospital setting, according to research published in the journal Health Services Research. ... read more »

Postpartum Anxiety for New Mothers

Anxiety is more common after giving birth than postpartum depression, and feeling anxious after delivery can lead to negative outcomes for both the mother and child for up to six months following birth. ... read more »

Premature Babies at Higher Risk of Disorganized Attachment

Researchers from the University of Warwick (UK) may have found a connection between neurological development and parent-child attachment. According to the study, infants born prematurely have twice the risk of suffering disorganized attachment. ... read more »

Buying Trends Signal Your Pregnancy to Retailers

An angry man walks into his neighborhood Target store clutching ahandful of coupons that had been mailed to his daughter. His anger, heexplains, is because his daughter is just a girl still in high schooland he fears the store's many coupons promoting maternity clothes. ... read more »

Miracle Twins Born 24 Days Apart Expected to Go Home Soon

The Antune twins are Boston twins born 24 days apart. ... read more »

Very Rare “Mono Mono” Twins — 2 Sets, 1 Hospital, 1 Week

An exceptionally unusual event occurred at the Akron General Medical Center in Ohio, where the twins were born. A second set of mono mono twins was born there. ... read more »

80/10/10 and Pregnant: Is This Diet Bananas?

One Australian designer/photographer has taken the vegan diet to an extreme and it’s causing a stir around the world. Do you know about the 80/10/10 diet? ... 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 »

Wanting One Baby but Having Twins

Time Magazine recently covered the story of one couple's chagrin uponlearning the bundle of joy they were expecting contained not one babybut two. The unnamed couple anonymously posted their trepidations on aparenting website and created quite a stir. ... read more »

Breast Cancer Treatments While Pregnant and Survival Rates

In a study completed by Jennifer Litton and associates, treatment for breast cancer during pregnancy was associated with improved cancer survival rates despite previous information to the opposite. ... read more »

3rd Trimester Sleep Quality Affects Metabolism in Male Offspring

The study found that male offspring of sleep-deprived mothers were more likely than the offspring of well-rested mothers to be overweight and suffer life-threatening metabolic disorders in mid-life. ... read more »

Smoking and SIDS

SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, refers to death occurring in infants with no known cause.According to this study on the effect of smoking on SIDS rates, parents who choose to smoke increase the risk of their infants dying from SIDS three times. ... 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 Leave, Education, and Marissa Mayer's Twins

During the last stages of her pregnancy, Mayer did what a lot of Yahoo’s expectant and new mothers did; she worked from home. When baby Macallister was just a couple weeks old, Mayer returned to work. ... read more »

British Dads Likely To Get Maternity Leave Job Protection

The British powers that be are, however, recognizing that fathers are instrumental to the family unit and that bonding with their babies is something fathers can do to benefit themselves and their families. ... 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 »

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