Pregnancy News and Studies

Magnetic Fields May Increase Risk of Asthma

Kaiser Permanente recently completed a research study linking maternal exposure to magnetic fields to asthma risk in children. The report was published in the online version of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. ... read more »

Snuff Worse Than Cigarettes During Pregnancy

Recent research reveals using snuff to stop smoking cravings during pregnancy may be worse than smoking. Children born to mothers who used snuff were more likely to suffer difficulty breathing than those born to mothers who continued smoking. ... read more »

Fatty Molecule Linked to Brain Damage Via Lack of Oxygen

When babies are deprived of oxygen in utero, brain damage can result. Researchers have found a connection between brain damage and a fatty acid molecule, which could spark new treatment protocols to reduce the risk of brain damage. ... read more »

Risk of Bipolar Disorder Increases with Maternal Flu

According to research published in JAMA Psychiatry, children born to mothers who suffered from the flu during pregnancy were four times more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The study was completed with support from the National Institutes of Health. ... read more »

New Preeclampsia Treatment on the Horizon?

A paper published in recent online edition of Circulation, suggests a new therapy to control toxic protein levels in blood that may causehttp://www.babymed.com/hypertension/predicting-pree ... read more »

New Blood Test Detects Down Syndrome Early in Pregnancy

Obstetricians are constantly looking for better ways to diagnose Down syndrome. Currently, women with high risk factors associated with Down syndrome are urged to undergo amniocentesis. ... read more »

A Simple Hormone Test May Predict IVF Outcome

Researchers have found a hormone test to predict the potential outcome of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. ... read more »

Oxytocin Does Not Reduce Risk of C-Section

Slow labor is often treated with an oxytocin drip. Oxytocin is a pregnancy hormone that speeds up labor progression. Oxytocin is given as Pitocin. ... read more »

C-Section Numbers Still on the Rise Despite Risks

The number of C-sections in the United States rose by 25-percent in the last seven years. Despite the risk factors associated with C-sections, there are viable reasons for the increase. ... read more »

Height May Determine Twin Birth After IVF Treatment

According to researchers in the Netherlands, tall women are more likely to conceive twins after double embryo transfer than shorter women. The study included nearly 20,000 women undergoing in-vitro fertilization. ... read more »

Losing a Baby Causes Years of Grief for Parents

A British research study reveals women take miscarriage hard for many years following the event. Despite the fact that many couples try for another pregnancy soon after miscarriage and stillbirth, with success in many cases, the mental effects of losing a child last for many years. ... read more »

DHA Protects Baby During Pregnancy

A recent study published in Pediatrics links omega 3 fatty acids to infant health. According to the study but researchers at Emory University, DHA and other sources of omega 3 fatty acids, lessen the risk of infant illness. ... read more »

Flame Retardant Clothing May Cause Low Birth Weight

Researchers at the University of California have found a link between chemicals used to reduce fire risk on household items and lower birth weights. ... read more »

Smoking Linked to Clubfoot and Other Physical Birth Defects

Doctors are constantly reminding pregnant women of the risk factors associated with smoking during pregnancy such as lower birth weight and increased risk of miscarriage. But despite the warnings, there have been no proven physical birth defects associated with smoking, until now. ... read more »

56 Interventions to Reduce Pregnancy-Related Death

Each year about 350,000 women die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth complications. This number is in addition to the more than 7 million children who die before reaching the age of 5.  ... read more »

Cell Aging Linked to Stress During Pregnancy

Children born to women experiencing extreme trauma or traumatic life changes during pregnancy are affected on a cellular level. ... read more »

Alternative Medicine in Pregnancy: Doctors Need More Proof

Doctors believe there is a critical need for science-based proof about alternative therapi ... read more »

There is a New HeRO for Premature Infants

J. Randall Moorman, a cardiologist from the University of Virginia co-invented the HeRO system to reduce the number of fatalities in the premature population. ... read more »

Extra Calcium Reduces Hypertension: Nothing More

Pregnant women taking increased amounts of calcium during pregnancy may reduce the risk of hypertension, but no other positive benefits are proven, according to a new study. ... read more »

Immune Cells Play Important Role in Pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered a connection between immune cells called macrophages and successful pregnancy. According to the research, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, macrophages produce progesterone and with adequate levels of progesterone pregnancies are more apt to be successful. ... read more »

Malaria Tricks Female Immune System to Attack Fetus

Malaria hides in the female body, almost camouflaged, and waits to attack the placenta without alarming the female immune system. ... read more »

Changes in Vaginal pH May Indicate Premature Delivery

The pH of the vagina may be a good indicator of complications to come. ... read more »

Risk of Stillbirth Found Higher After ART Use

According to a research study by Morbidity in ART (MART), the rate of stillbirth is higher in pregnancies conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those naturally conceived. ... read more »

Coexistence of Diabetes and Obesity in Pregnant Women

On its own, diabetes is already a chronic disease. But when it teams up with obesity, they form an even more frightening duo. Based on research published in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, these conditions pose higher health risks and can lead to serious complications. ... read more »

Birth Weight May Predict Autism Risk

According to researchers from Manchester University, extreme birth weights (small and large) may be a risk factor for autism. ... read more »

Pregnancy Hormone Prolactin May Reduce Effects of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Canadian researchers are making great strides toward finding a successful treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The disease typically causes death within the first five years of life, but thanks to Prolactin, a pregnancy hormone, patients may be able to extend life up to 60-percent longer. ... read more »

Unintended Pregnancy Associated with Depression Risk

According to research completed at the University of North Carolina, women who experience unintended pregnancy are at increased risk of depression for at least 12 months postpartum. The results of the study were published in BJOG. ... read more »

Malaria Tricks Female Immune System to Attack Fetus

Malaria hides in the female body, almost camouflaged, and waits to attack the placenta without alarming the female immune system. ... read more »

Factors Influencing Vaginal Births After Cesarean Sections

Based on reviews posted in the August copy of Journal of Advanced Nursing, there are several factors, clinical and non-clinical, that influence vaginal births after cesarean sections (VBAC).   ... read more »

Nicotine Increases Risk of Heart Problems in Infants

More and more studies are being released connecting fetal habits with lifelong side effects in children. According to researchers nicotine increases fetal blood pressure, which could lead to increased risk for heart disease and high blood pressure later in life. ... read more »

Dental Fear Associated with Hormone Changes During Pregnancy

Dental fears during pregnancy may be associated with changes in hormones. Researchers from the University of Turku in Finland found fluctuations in outlook on dental care in pregnant women. ... read more »

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 »

Multi-Drug Treatment Reduces Mother-Infant HIV Risk

Recent research reveals using multiple drugs after birth greatly reduces the risk of infant HIV infection. ... read more »

Nutrients During Pregnancy May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Child

Researchers from North Dakota State University have found a connection between the foods mom eats during pregnancy and the risk of breast cancer in female offspring. The study reveals that certain nutrients consumed during gestation are better at preventing cancer than other foods. ... read more »

UK Study Shows Babies from Unplanned Pregnancies Develop Slower

The number of babies born with the help of fertility treatments and methods grow each year.  Still, 30-40% of the babies born in the UK are a result of unplanned pregnancy.  ... read more »

STD Prevention Proves Better Selling Point for HPV Vaccine

Researchers from Ohio State University claim focusing on the ability of the HPV vaccine to prevent a nasty STD may prove to be a better selling point for young women, thus increasing the number of women receive the vaccination. ... read more »

Breastfeeding in the Sistine Chapel Gets Papal Blessing

On January 12, 2014, Pope Francis blessed 32 babies with the rite of baptism and spoke with the babies and their parents, even encouraging mothers to breastfeed on the spot if a baby is hungry. ... read more »

NeuN as a Marker for Neuronal Immaturity

Researchers from the University of Milan recently published a study measuring NeuN levels in cases of unexplained perinatal and infant death. Thirty control infants were also tested for the study. ... read more »

You Simply Will NOT Believe the Story of These Triplets!

Sarah and Bill Imbierowicz wanted to be parents but it proved to be a mission easier said than done. They turned to in vitro fertilization (IVF) but that didn't really work as expected. ... read more »

Periconception Maternal Characteristics and Fetal Growth

At the University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, researchers found a connection between periconception maternal characteristics and fetal growth as measured in crown rump length (CRL). ... read more »

Pregnancy Blood Clots on the Rise with IVF

According to a recent study published in BMJ, women who conceive with the help of IVF are more likely to suffer blood blots than women who conceive naturally. ... read more »

Googling Pregnancy Around the World

Stephens-Davidowitz turned to Google to test his pregnancy knowledge and found out 'much of what I thought about pregnancy was wrong, and that pregnancy plays out very differently around the world.' ... read more »

58-YO Woman To Give Birth to Daughter’s Daughter

Fifty-eight-year-old Julia Navarro of Provo, Utah, is about to become a grandmother for the first time. ... read more »

Marijuana Use Doubles Risk of Premature Birth

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have completed an international study into possible risk factors for premature birth. Premature or preterm birth is considered one of the most avoidable pregnancy complications ' in some cases. ... read more »

Mothers of NICU Newborns Lacking Privacy

Despite smaller patient numbers and secluded environments, neonatal intensive care units (NICU) are not the best places for breastfeeding mothers, according to a new study from researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. ... read more »

Does Curettage Speed Up Recovery from Eclampsia/Preeclampsia?

Researchers from the Mansoura University Hospital in Egypt recently investigated the impact of immediate curettage on recovery times in patients with eclampsia or preeclampsia. ... read more »

Oral Misoprostol vs. Foley Catheter: Induction of Labor

A study published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth examines efficacy and pregnancy complication rates between Foley catheter and oral misoprostol labor induction. ... read more »

Daily Baby Aspirin Could Lower Preeclampsia Risk

To reduce preeclampsia, a new study recommends certain pregnant women be routinely prescribed a regimen of one 81-milligram of aspirin — a baby aspirin — beginning at the 12th week of pregnancy. ... read more »

Women Respond More Intensely to Music When Pregnant

A recent study indicates pregnant women respond more intensely to music than non-pregnant women. ... read more »

Utah’s Gardner Quadruplets One in 70 Million

On December 28 the "Quad Squad" was born. These two sets of identical twins were born to Ashley and Tyson Gardner, who tried to conceive for eight years with no luck. ... read more »

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