Pregnancy News and Studies

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 »

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 »

Postpartum Complications and Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-induced condition that causes a dangerous rise in blood pressure. ... read more »

Prenatal and Postpartum Depression in Fathers

Everybody has heard about new mothers experiencing postpartum depression after having a baby. But how about dad? Are new fathers also experiencing the blues, too? ... read more »

Air Pollution Exposure and Pregnancy Outcomes

According to several studies, even low levels of air pollution can negatively affect pregnancies and fetal morbidity risks. ... 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 »

Water Disinfection Products Are No Harm In Pregnancy

Drinking water that contains disinfection by-products at regulatory cut-off levels does not appear to raise a pregnant woman's risk of delivering a small baby or delivering prematurely, new research shows. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Exclusively May Prevent Infection

In a new study published by the Archives of Diseases in Childhood, women who exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life were less likely to report common infections ... read more »

No wait needed to get pregnant again after a miscarriage

 A miscarriage should not deter you from planning your next pregnancy and get pregnant right away. ... read more »

Delayed Cord Clamping

Waiting three minutes or longer before clamping a newborn's umbilical cord reduces the prevalence of iron deficiency in babies at four months, a large trial has found. ... read more »

Pregnancy, Immune System and Schizophrenia

Temple University has published a new study via Schizophrenia Research linking immune system response during pregnancy to risk of schizophrenia later in life. According to the publication, women who suffer from flu and other infections during pregnancy are more apt to give birth to children with schizophrenia. In some cases, the risk could be increased seven fold. ... read more »

Teen Pregnancy Numbers High Despite Money for Education

Across England, teen pregnancy cases continue to rise despite money being allotted for teen pregnancy education. Research notes that the rate of teen pregnancies were 40.9 per 1,000 teens in 2006. The word "teens" is used for girls between the ages of 15 and 17.  ... read more »

Young Women are Hospitalized With Diabetes More Often

According to a new study in the Journal of Women's Health, the rate of hospitalization for diabetes is on the rise in young people, specifically young women. ... read more »

Herpes in 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 »

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 »

Wheezing and Allergies May be Rooted in Womb

Researchers at the University of Southampton have linked growth in utero to allergies and wheezing later in life. ... read more »

Hope for HIV positive breastfeeding mothers

Mother treated with antiretroviral therapy (HAART) pass the virus onto their breastfeeding babies less often, when compared to breastfeeding mothers who were treated with conventional methods. ... read more »

Birth Rates at Their Lowest in 32 Years

The reasons behind the drop in fertility may not be what you think. ... 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 mother and child for up to six months following birth. ... read more »

Married Women Suffer Less Postpartum Depression

According to researchers in Canada, married women are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression and that's not all. Married women are also less likely to be abused by partners or abuse substances themselves. ... read more »

Longer Maternity Leave Reduces Risk of Postpartum Depression

A new study shows that the more time a woman takes off from work after having a baby, the lower her risk for postpartum depression. This research is the first of its kind. ... 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 »

Pregnancy Complications May be Revealed in Urine

Doctors and researchers are constantly looking for better ways to predict pregnancy complications before they happen. One of the most difficult pregnancy complications to predict is pre-eclampsia. ... read more »

Later Preterm Infants May Have Difficulties in Childhood

A full term birth occurs one or after the 37th week of gestation. Preterm birth occurs any time before that 37th week. ... read more »

Heartburn Medications Not Linked to Birth Defects

Heartburn is a common complication in pregnancy, but researchers say pregnant women should not worry about their effects on the unborn fetus. ... read more »

A Mother’s Depression May Affect Baby

Researchers have found a connection between depression in pregnant women and physical effects on infants. The effects noted include reduced muscle tone, increased stress hormones and neurological / behavioral problems. ... read more »

Weight Gain During Pregnancy Linked to Overweight Children

According to a study published in Lancet on August 5, infants born to women who gain too much weight during pregnancy are more likely to become overweight children and adults later in life. ... read more »

Brain Growth Noted After Child Birth

Many women will be happy to find out the brain actually grows after childbirth, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. ... read more »

Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase Risk of Schizophrenia

Deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to various health problems and risks including bone mass loss in women. Researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute have now linked low levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy to an increased risk of schizophrenia. ... read more »

Peanut Snacks During Pregnancy May Cause Peanut Allergies

Researches may have found a connection between food allergies in infants and maternal eating habits such as eating peanuts. ... read more »

Rate of Premature Births Dropping, But Still Too High

The March of Dimes has released a report revealing the rate of premature births are on the decline, but experts still believe the rate is too high. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Back to Back Pregnancies May Increase Risk of Autism

When one pregnancy is immediately followed by another within one year of birth, researchers report there could be an increased risk of autism in the second child. ... read more »

Chinese May Have New Answer to Genetic Testing

Testing for potential genetic problems typically requires piercing the abdomen and amniotic sac to collect a tissue sample from the fetus. Researchers in China may have found an alternative to invasive prenatal testing. ... read more »

Rare Cases of Venous Stroke Underreported in Pregnancy

Strokes during pregnancy typically affect the blood vessel, but a rare form of venous stroke (originating in the veins instead of the blood vessels) sometimes occurs. Researchers report that this rare stroke is more predominant than doctors once thought. ... read more »

New Drug Approved to Reduce Premature Birth

Makena, a new drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, may help reduce the risk of premature birth in women who are at higher risk of entering pre-term labor. ... read more »

X-Rays Still Unsafe for Use During Pregnancy and Infancy

A new study in the British Medical Journal warns doctors again about the risks associated with the use of X-rays during pregnancy and infancy. There may be a connection between childhood cancer risk and X-ray use during these times. ... read more »

Effects of Electronic Monitoring on Infant Mortality

In an attempt to make a clear connection between reduced risk of infant death and electronic heart rate monitoring prior to birth, researchers gathered nearly two million birth records collected in the 2004 National Birth Cohort. ... read more »

Fetus Smells Odors and Brain Development Alters

The fetus is more aware than many pregnant women understand. When pregnant women eat and drink certain things, the fetus can smell those foods and drinks and the development of the brain is altered. ... read more »

Experts Say One or Two Drinks OK During Pregnancy

Drinking heavily during pregnancy has been linked to fetal alcohol syndrome and could cause severe birth defects. ... 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 »

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 »

Mom's Smoking Linked to 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 »

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 »

Moderate Caffeine May Pose Risk to Pregnant Women

According to research study results, consuming moderate caffeine amounts in pregnancy may not be detrimental to fetal growth and health. ... read more »

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