Pregnancy News and Studies

How Pre-Pregnancy Weight Affects Stillbirth Risk

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

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A new study calls into question the use of two common infertility treatments for couples who have unexplained problems having children. ... read more »

New Cars Designed Specifically for Moms

Car developers in the UK are formulating production model cars with the pregnant driver and passenger in mind. The new model is called Expecting, and plans to change how automobiles are designed to increase the safety of pregnant drivers and passengers. ... read more »

Eating Seafood Lifts a Pregnant Woman's Mood

Eating omega-3-rich seafood may be a mood-lifter for women who are feeling depressed during pregnancy, suggests a study of British women. ... 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 »

Newborn Pain Increases with Smoking

Newborns may be more stressed if mother chooses to smoke during the pregnancy, researchers are reporting this month. ... read more »

Exercise in Pregnancy Leads to More Normal Baby's Birthweight

Mothers who choose to exercise during their pregnancies give birth to normal birth weight babies more often, according to a new study. The choice to exercise is also healthy for mom. ... read more »

HIV Testing In Pregnancy Accepted

A recent study has proven beneficial for children born with HIV. During the study, women were counseled on the importance of HIV testing before the birth of their child in order to establish their HIV status and begin immediate treatment for the child post birth. ... read more »

Missing Protein Reverses Brain Disease

Doctors believe that in utero therapy for children diagnosed with Lissencephaly could improve brain disease. ... read more »

Obesity in Early Pregnancy and Premature Deliveries

Obesity is associated with many pregnancy complications and obese women are at increased risk of premature deliveries. ... read more »

Exercise During Pregnancy May Improve Heart Health for Life

Pregnant women know they should be exercising during pregnancy, but often fatigue and other pregnancy symptoms get in the way. Researchers, however, are not willing to let pregnant women take the easy road.  ... read more »

Diabetes Mellitus and Birth Defects

Women who receive a diagnosis of diabetes before they become pregnant are three to four times more likely to have a child with one or even multiple birth defects than a mother who is not diabetic. ... read more »

Breast Milk Kills HIV Cells: But Not Without Help

Breast milk antibodies have the ability to kill HIV cells, and researchers say that the same milk that causes infection can also prevent infection, with a little help. ... read more »

Pregnant Women First in Line for H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pregnant women should be one of the first groups of people in line for an H1N1 vaccine once it is produced. ... read more »

May 2009: New Guidelines for Weight Gain in Pregnancy

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released a report recommending new guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy. The report updates previous guidelines. ... 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 »

More Obstetricians Delivering Babies

Researchers found a 50% decline in the use of family physicians for prenatal care over the last 10 years. ... read more »

Milk and Preeclampsia Hypertension

A recent study found the presence of ergothione in the blood of women with preeclampsia to be higher than healthy pregnant women. Ergothione is an antioxidant found in fungi. ... read more »

Infant’s Taste Preferences Start in the Womb

Mother's diet during pregnancy may determine if her baby is a healthy eater in the future. ... read more »

Cultural Necessity For Pregnancy

In some cultures, the inability to become pregnant leads to shunning from the people of the same culture. ... read more »

Vitamin C and Baby's Brain Development

The lack of proper Vitamin C levels in the diet during pregnancy could be linked to impaired brain development of the fetus, according to a new study. ... read more »

Asthma More Likely in Low Birthweight Babies

Babies and infants born with lower than average birth weight may be at increased risk for developing asthma later in life. ... read more »

New Pregnancy Exercise Routines

Women who are pregnant should start a daily exercise program even if they have not exercised prior to pregnancy. ... read more »

Licorice Affects Baby's IQ

Women who eat large amounts of licorice while they are pregnant may be hurting their baby's chances of getting into Harvard later in life. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Exclusively Does Not Reduce Eczema Risk

Women who exclusively breastfeed for the first four months after birth do not decrease an infant's risk of eczema according to researchers who published their report in the British Journal of Dermatology. ... read more »

Mental Illness May Increase Risk of Asthma in Children

Mental illness has long been considered a silent disease. ... read more »

Multiple Sclerosis Relapse Is Not Affected by Breastfeeding

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease process that varies from one pregnant woman to another. ... read more »

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