Pregnancy News and Studies

New Pregnancy Test Could Detect Complications and More

A team of scientists in the UK are working on a pregnancy test that may revolutionize the way maternal and fetal health are monitored during pregnancy. ... read more »

Will IVF Affect the Baby?

Although in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is associated with a higher risk of preterm birth, researchers report no neuropsychological side effects from early birth at three years of age. ... read more »

Multiple Births May Cost More Than Single Births

Giving birth to multiple babies may cost parents more than single baby births do, according to a new study. Multiple births are a great concern in the United States and abroad because they pose significantly higher health risks to both mothers and infants. ... read more »

Mom's Blood Sugar Influences Child's Weight

An expectant mother's blood sugar levels affect how heavy her baby will be, according to a new study. ... read more »

How Maternal Obesity Impacts Fetal Survival

A new study shows that babies born to obese mothers have a greater risk of dying up to one year after birth when compared to women of normal Body Mass Index. ... read more »

Preconception Screening May Predict Gestational Diabetes

Metabolic testing can detect issues with high blood sugar, high insulin levels and low HDL cholesterol ' all risk factors for gestational diabetes. ... read more »

Measuring Preemie Temperature Using Infrared Technology

Researchers have recently published a small-scale study into the possibility of using infrared technology to track and record changes in premature infant body temperatures without coming in contact with skin. ... read more »

Mealtime TV Between Mom and Baby and Obesity

Eating mindlessly while watching TV is a bad habit associated with obesity. It's especially concerning when pregnant women watch television while eating, according to a study recently presented. ... read more »

Maternal Smoking and Impact on Adult Offspring

Smoking during pregnancy and high maternal stress hormones increase the risk for nicotine dependence in daughters, according to a new study. ... read more »

Maternal Smoking and Psychological Traits in Offspring

Maternal smoking habits have been associated with multiple psychological issues in offspring, but researchers from the University of Missouri believe confounding factors may play a more important role than the direct effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy. ... read more »

How Does Maternal Obesity Affect Offspring?

High-fat and high-sugar diets are thought to play a role in the rise of obesity, but researchers believe the next generation will be predisposed to obesity and certain diseases due to molecular mechanisms that take place in the uterus during gestation. ... read more »

Maternal Medical Society Explores Late-Term Hypertension

Babies born between weeks 39 and 40 of pregnancy have the most positive outcomes, according to the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. ... read more »

How Inflammatory Bowel Disease Affects Fetus

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may affect a woman's ability to conceive or experience a normal, healthy pregnancy, but researchers are also interested in the possible effects on offspring. ... read more »

Infection During Pregnancy and Asthma Risk in Baby

Researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine found an unexpected link between one particular maternal infection and an increased risk of childhood asthma. ... read more »

Maternal BPA Exposure and Prostate Cancer Risk

Exposure to BPA during pregnancy increases the risk of prostate cancer in male offspring, according to a new study. ... read more »

Mom's Depression Increases Depression Risk in Baby

A pregnant woman may pass depression onto her unborn child, according to a new study. Doctors have long suspected a connection between maternal depression and mood disorders in offspring; this research helps scientists understand how and when this occurs. ... read more »

Study: Magnesium Sulfate for Neuroprotection

Magnesium sulfate is currently used as a neonatal neuroprotectant for deliveries at less than 30 weeks gestation. Researchers recently started collecting data for a trial covering gestational ages 30 to 34 weeks. ... read more »

Lung Ultrasound for Detecting Pulmonary Edema

Preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine, is usually diagnosed after week 32 but, in some cases, symptoms appear as early as week 20. ... read more »

Mom's High Testosterone and Language Delay in Baby

A new research study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, claims male infants exposed to higher than normal levels of testosterone may be at increased risk of language delays. ... read more »

Study: Labor Induction After a Premature Rupture

When a pregnant woman's membranes rupture between the 34th and 37th week of gestation, labor is often induced to reduce the risk of fetal infection and/or breathing problems. ... read more »

Preventing Gestational Diabetes From Becoming Type 2

Women diagnosed with GDM are at great risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in the years after pregnancy. ... read more »

Link Between Red Meat and Gestational Diabetes

Women who eat a lot of red meat stand a greater chance of developing gestational diabetes, a condition marked by high blood sugar levels during pregnancy, according to new studies cited by a commentary in the journal Evidence-Based Nursing. ... read more »

Gestational Diabetes Links to Iron Deficiency in Newborns

Researchers from Wenzhou Medical College in China recently published a report on the status of neonatal iron deficiency in newborns born to mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). ... read more »

Intrauterine Growth Restriction Guideline Study

IUGR or intrauterine growth restriction is when the fetus is too small, usually less than the 10th %tile. ... read more »

Organochlorine Pollutants and Risk of Hypospadias

Hypospadias is a congenital medical condition where the urethra forms abnormally on the penis. Researchers believe the condition may be associated with chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system, specifically organochlorine pollutants, otherwise known as POP. ... read more »

Inflammation During Pregnancy and Fetal Brain Development

The over-activation of a woman's immune system during pregnancy, such as when she has a cold or the flu, may influence the brain development of the child she carries. ... read more »

Depression During Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes Risk

A recent British study revealed a strong link between depression and inactivity during pregnancy and the tendency to gain excess pregnancy pounds and develop gestational diabetes. ... read more »

Study: Semen Quality Decline Over Past 20 Years

The quality of semen has declined in the past 20 years, according to studies that looked at falling sperm counts and evidence of reduced motility. ... read more »

Imaging Technique for Alcohol-Related Birth Defects

Until now, limited research on embryos has prevented scientists from understanding how maternal use of alcohol causes congenital heart defects. ... read more »

Epidermal Growth Factor on Oxygen-Deprived Preemies

One very serious consequence of being born too soon is that the lungs are not mature enough to function properly. ... read more »

Impact of Intrapartum Antibiotic Prophylaxis Protocol

A group of researchers from the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the Pediatrix-Obstetrix Center for Research and Development in Sunrise, Florida have gathered together to study the impact of Intrapartum Antibiotic Prophylaxis protocol for newborns with serious bacterial infections (SBIs). ... read more »

Gluten-Free Pregnancy May Minimize Type 1 Diabetes Risk in Babies

A mother's gluten-free diet during pregnancy and lactation might minimize her baby's risk of developing this childhood disease. ... read more »

How Gastric Bypass in Teen Girls Affects Future Pregnancies

With the perfection of the gastric bypass treatment for obesity, teen girls are choosing the procedure over traditional weight loss efforts more often in the United States. ... read more »

Female Intuition Linked to Testosterone Exposure in the Womb

A recent study indicates a woman’s intuition is based not on estrogen but on testosterone, and the degree of testosterone to which she was exposed in the womb. ... read more »

Tobacco and Marijuana Use in Low-Income Pregnancies

According to a study published in the Journal of Addiction, Research and Therapy, marijuana use in pregnancy may be more prevalent than tobacco use because pregnant women perceive the drug as a safer alternative to tobacco use. ... read more »

Fetal Anemia and Cord Blood Malaria in HIV-Positive Moms

Pregnancy with HIV can change the dynamic of pregnancy and may be associated with negative pregnancy and fetal outcomes, including increased risk of fetal anemia and cord blood malaria parasitemia. ... read more »

How Alcohol During Pregnancy Affects Fetal Brain Development

Neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside, have found strong new evidence that consuming alcohol during pregnancy causes developmental problems in unborn babies. ... read more »

Evolution Insight to Leading Cause of Death During Delivery

The most common cause of death during or after childbirth is a hemorrhage. Nearly 125,000 women die from hemorrhage each year during childbirth, leading researchers to look into possible causes or markers that could shed light on why hemorrhage occurs. ... read more »

Eating Nuts While Pregnant May Reduce Child's Food Allergy Risk

A woman can reduce her child's risk for allergies by eating peanuts during pregnancy, according to a new study. ... read more »

Dynamic Cerebral Autoregulation During Pregnancy, Risk of Preeclampsia

Cerebral circulation can be severely affected by preeclampsia. Researchers are not sure whether preeclampsia causes problems with cerebral autoregulation or if the issues are simply a precursor of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Alcohol in First Trimester of Pregnancy Harms Placenta

The link between a pregnant woman's drinking and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is clearly established but 30% to 60% of all pregnant women in the world still consume alcohol while pregnant. ... read more »

Downton Abbey, Depression, and Baby Bonding

There are many lessons we in real life can learn from Lady Mary's fictional struggle with loss, motherhood, grief, and depression. ... read more »

Iron Supplement May Reduce Gestational Diabetes Risk

Researchers recently published a cohort study on the possible impact on iron intake and hemoglobin levels in early pregnancy on the risk of developing gestational diabetes. ... read more »

Mom's Smoking Linked to Coordination and Motor Skills Issues in Child

A study out of Orebro University in Sweden has linked smoking to increased risk of fetal coordination and motor skill problems. Researchers narrowed down the results noting boys tend to be more affected than girls. ... read more »

Does Eating Fish While Pregnant Impact Child's Intelligence?

Fish is a food that many pregnant women avoid due to potential mercury content. Consumption of fish during pregnancy may positively impact cognitive development and social prowess. ... read more »

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and Neurocognitive Development

The object of a recent study from authors at Tufts University School of Medicine was to ascertain a connection between CDH (congenital diaphragmatic hernia) survival and neurocognitive development. The study was published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. ... read more »

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 »

Clinical Features of Monochorionic Monoamniotic Twins

Researchers from the Osaka Medical Center recently published a study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research reviewing the most common complications and causes of fetal risk/death in cases of MM twins. ... read more »

Chronic Hypertension: Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Women who have chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) before pregnancy are at greater risk of pregnancy complications than women who are not hypertensive before or during pregnancy. ... read more »

Brain Chemicals May Predict 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 »