Pregnancy News and Studies

'Brexting' Diminishes Mother-Child Breastfeeding Bond

Brexting refers to using the phone while breastfeeding but it applies to bottle-feeding, too. No matter which way the baby is being fed, it is important that baby gets mom's undivided attention. ... read more »

New-Baby Blues Behind Only-Child Trend?

A new study from Canada indicates the everyday realities of parenthood could be a driving factor behind a trend for only-child families. ... read more »

Dietary Iodine Crucial for Fetal Brain Development

A new study from Sweden reinforces the importance of adequate dietary intake of iodine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Iodine is a mineral important to thyroid function. ... read more »

Placenta Works Like Embryonic Oxygen Tank

Professor John Aplin has discovered that the developing placenta absorbs and collects oxygen and slowly releases it into the embryo. It works as an oxygen holding tank. ... read more »

24-Hour Access to OBs, Midwives Reduces C-Section Numbers

In April 2011, a community hospital in Northern California changed the way it handled maternity patients. After the hospital policy change, the number of cesarean-section deliveries dropped. ... read more »

Babies Leave Genetic Souvenirs in Mom's Body

A recent study from the Netherlands found Y-chromosomes, from baby boys, in every tissue sample they tested from the babys’ mothers. ... read more »

Unexpected: Movie Delivers Fresh Perspective on Pregnancy

Swanberg's movie tells the story of pregnancy from a fresh perspective. Most movies portray the man’s perspective in the delivery room but Unexpected is all about the women. ... read more »

3-Minute Cord Cutting Delay Boosts Brain Development Later

Traditionally, the umbilical cord is cut within seconds of birth but advocates of delayed clamping say the baby can benefit from a little extra blood flow at this critical moment in time. ... read more »

Human Touch Instrumental for Baby’s Language Development

A Purdue University researcher and her team of colleagues have discovered that touching a baby could be as important for its speech development as hearing words and sentences. ... read more »

PFC Exposure and Obesity: Is There a Link?

Protective coatings used on the outside of furniture and clothing could increase risk of obesity if the fetus is exposed in utero. Researchers from Rollins School of Public Health (Emory University) have linked the chemical to increased infant weight ... read more »

Impact of Neonatal HSV Reduced with Long-Term Oral Treatment

Neonatal HSV can cause brain damage and death so researchers took a look at how long-term treatment affected the outcome 12 months after treatment was completed. ... read more »

Baby-Weight Study: 9 Months On, 9 Months Off Recommended

New research suggests that a woman's weight one year after delivery is a strong predictor of her health 15 years in the future. ... read more »

Naming Baby: Cheese, Anyone?

Some parents put a great deal of thought into naming their children. Others, well, maybe not so much. ... read more »

Fetal DNA Pulled from Mom’s Blood

According to a study published in the journal Nature, mom's blood may hold the key to DNA and genetic testing. This study could be the first step in making genetic testing a part of prenatal care for all women. ... read more »

Gender Undetermined OK for German Birth Certificates

November 1, 2013, marks the first day German birth certificates will 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 »

Number of Stay-at-Home Moms on the Rise

The number of mothers who stay at home rather than hold jobs outside the home has risen significantly in the past 15 years. ... 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 »

2014’s First Babies Around the World

Such rapidly coming competition for the title of First Baby of 2014 and differing time zones means there are babies all over the country claiming First Baby status. ... read more »

Marijuana’s Effects on the Fetal Brain

Like alcohol and tobacco, caution must be exercised during pregnancy when smoking marijuana as the developing fetus is exposed to everything its mother consumes during that time. ... read more »

Sucrose and Infant Pain Management

Sucrose is used in a medical setting as an alternative means of pain relief or prevention infants. Researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto recently reviewed various clinical databases for studies on sucrose use. ... 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 »

Infant’s Hair Offers Glimpse Into Womb Environment

One question that remains unanswered and intriguing to Christopher Coe is "How does the prenatal environment set the stage for risk or for resilience?" ... read more »

Walking 30 Minutes Reduces Tobacco Cravings in Pregnant Women

Pregnant women who want to stop smoking should go for a walk, according to a new study. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk for lowered birth rate, prenatal death, and behavioral problems in children. ... read more »

Optimizing Neonatal Resuscitation with Heated, Humid Gases

Current medical protocol requires use of cold, dry gas in the resuscitation of neonates. This gas can reduce body temperature and increase lung damage. ... read more »

Predicting Mortality Risk in Critically Ill Obstetric Patients

In some hospital settings the APACHE II (Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II) model is used to determine risk of mortality in obstetric patients. ... read more »

Hepatitis E Viral Load and Liver Failure During Pregnancy

Hepatitis E is associated with high mortality rates in pregnant women who suffer acute liver failure (ALF) as a result of the viral infection. ... read more »

Magnesium Sulfate to Prevent Eclampsia: IM vs. IV

Researchers from the University of Washington recently published a study in the journal BJOG comparing intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) magnesium sulfate treatment in pregnant women with eclampsia. ... read more »

Pregnant? Job Hunting? Confront Stereotypes Immediately

When the job market isn't so ideal, employers look for ways to weedthrough the many applicants vying for a single position. Unfortunately,pregnant applicants are often weeded out quickly, based on nothing morevalid - or legal - than the mere state of being pregnant. ... read more »

2013 Population Growth Slowest Since 1937

This year's population estimate was released on December 30, 2013. Itincludes the Census Bureau's estimation of US population on July 1,2013. ... read more »

Global Trends in Maternal Mortality

It is the consensus that the majority of maternal deaths can be avoided; despite this consensus, rates of mortality among pregnant women in developing nations remain higher than desirable. ... read more »

Less Money Means Fewer Births

When there is less money in the economy it seems there are also fewer births. According to new research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, birth rates are lower for 2010 than 2009 and the economy may be to blame. ... read more »

Will Your Cell Phone Hurt Your Baby?

Mice exposed to simulated cell phone exposure while in the womb developed behaviors that resemble attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in human kids. ... read more »

The Ideal Age to Have Children

What's the ideal age to start having children? IS there an ideal age? The inquiring minds at Gallup posed the question by telephone survey this past August to 5,100 people representing the full spectrum of American society. ... read more »

Maximizing Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Adenomyosis

Endometriosis and adenomyosis can affect pregnancy outcomes for women using assisted reproductive technology (ART). ... read more »

Extra Pregnancy Care Training Needed to Improve Safety

According to a study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, additional education can reduce the risk and occurrence of adverse outcomes during and after pregnancy. ... read more »

Sodium Valproate Linked to Autism Risk

A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found a connection between the drug sodium valproate and increased risk of neurological disorders, including autism. ... read more »

Teens Who Smoke Marijuana Affect Offspring Reaction to Opiates

There are many parents who admit to trying marijuana at least once during their teenage years. While it may not seem like a big deal at the time, smoking marijuana could have a long term effect that passes on to offspring. ... read more »

Sex Discrimination Plagues Prenatal Care in India

When women in India find out they are pregnant with girls, prenatal care changes for the worse, according to research from the University of California and Michigan State University. ... read more »

Infant Size Contributes to Breast Cancer Risk

The connection between infant weight and risk of breast cancer has been studied before, but this is the first time birth weight has been reported as an individual risk factor independent of other factors. ... read more »

Labor Fears Linked to Postpartum Depression

An estimated 50 to 80 percent of all women who give birth experience some degree of postpartum depression in the first year after delivery. ... read more »

Using STI Status to Predict Pregnancy Outcomes

  According to researchers in New South Wales, STI (sexually transmitted infection) status may be helpful in predicting pregnancy outcomes. ... read more »

C-Section Births Linked to Childhood Obesity

There are more and more research studies coming out linking C-sectionswith negative side effects ' some lasting for decades after birth. Thisrecent study reveals a possible connection between C-section deliveryand childhood obesity. ... read more »

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Wants More Baby Talk on the Job

Sandberg wants more baby talk on the job without the threat of discrimination, lawsuits, and diminished opportunity. ... read more »

Higher IQ in Breastfed Babies May Be All About Mom

A higher IQ and better grades in school have long been associated with breastfed babies but a new study suggests it's more likely about the mom, instead. ... read more »

Estrogen Levels May Indicate IVF Complication

Fertility and Sterility, estrogen levels at the time of embryo implantation via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) may be associated with increased risk of preeclampsia ... read more »

Vaginal Progesterone Reduces Risk of Preterm Birth

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) has released a study with global implications. According to the report, use of vaginal progesterone cream in pregnancies where women have a short cervix could reduce the risk of preterm birth more than 40%. ... read more »

Baby Food Lacking Nutritional Content Infants Need

According to research completed in 2012, the majority of commercial baby food is sweet and lacking the nutrition infants need when weaning from the breast. ... read more »

Placenta May Hold Key to Early Autism Diagnosis

Researchers recently published a study that could hold the key to early diagnosis of autism, giving parents and clinicians time to plan treatment and provide the best care imaginable for children with autism. The key is in the placenta. ... read more »

Celiac Disease Antibodies Affect Birth Weight

According to a new study published in the journal Gastroenterology, the level of this antibody could predict fetal and birth weight issues. Elevations in anti-tTG were associated with low fetal weight and low birth weight. ... read more »

Gestational Diabetes Testing in First Trimester Pregnancy

According to a study from researchers in Italy, PAPP-A testing may be a valuable addition to first trimester pregnancy screening. PAPP-A or pregnancy-associated plasma protein testing may hold the key for pregnant women at increased risk of GDM. ... read more »

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