Pregnancy News and Studies

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Obese Women Give Birth to Infants with Low Iron

aResearchers are now regularly reporting health conditions, birth complications and long-term health outcomes that affect infants born to overweight and obese mothers. ... read more »

Football Fans Name Child ‘12th Mann’...and It’s a Girl!

There's a very pretty little girl - a tiny, delicate little girl - Troy and Kelly Mann, are staunch fans of the Seattle Seahawks football team. ... read more »

Maternal Adipose Level and Risk of Preeclampsia

Researchers from the Children's Health Hospital in Weifang, Chinarecently reviewed 29 studies with more than 1.9 million participants inhopes of finding a connection between maternal adipose level and risk of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Inflatable Belt May Shorten Labor

An inflatable belt may reduce time spent in the second stage of labor, according to research. The belt, which applies fundal pressure to the uterus, shortened the second stage of labor and caused no adverse side effects. ... read more »

Maternal Lifestyle and Social Determinants

Researchers published a study in the Global Journal of Health Sciences regarding the use of universal questionnaires to research maternal lifestyle habits, often used to determine maternal/fetal risk, in cultures that do not conform to universal standards. ... read more »

Educating About Placental Complications Using the Web

Researchers from Toronto recently completed a study into the impact of web-based medical information on high-risk pregnant patients. ... read more »

Inducing Labor Does Not Induce Autism

Studies in recent years have hinted at a link between using thissynthetic hormone ' oxytocin ' to induce or augment labor and theincidence of autism in the child. ... read more »

Study: Epidurals Slow Second Stage of Labor, Delay Delivery

The findings of a recent study on the use of epidurals during labor suggest the need to review current guidelines defining normal progression and potentially dangerous prolonged (abnormal) labor. ... read more »

Birth Season and Tooth Enamel

Researchers from the University of Lodz recently published a study in The Archives of Oral Biology claiming a connection between enamel production and season of birth. ... read more »

Chinese Parents Race to Have Babies Before Year of the Sheep

February 19, 2015, marks the beginning of the Chinese lunar new year, when characteristics of the sheep will influence the personality, health, wealth, and happiness of babies born during the year. ... read more »

Teen Pregnancy Testing and Radiation

Emergency departments may be placing undue risk on teens who are pregnant, according to a report delivered at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference. ... read more »

Text4Baby Service Helps New Moms

Text4Baby is a text service that sends health messages about pregnancy and maternal health to a cell phone. The service also connects women with resources for further information. ... 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 »

Bone Status in Activity-Restricted Pregnant Women

Activity restriction during pregnancy may increase the risk of bone fractures, according to a study published in the journal Biological Research for Nursing. ... read more »

Secondhand Smoke and Full-Term Birth Weight

For mothers who do not smoke during pregnancy, secondhand smoke may prove just as dangerous to the health and growth of the fetus, according to a new study published in BMC Public Health. ... read more »

2014 Pregnancy Trend Predictions

An investigation of online chatter about pregnancy and babies reveals the following trends settling in for 2014. ... read more »

How Dental Health Affects Fertility, Pregnancy

Ever heard your grandmother say that you'll lose a tooth for every pregnancy? There could be some truth behind that. ... read more »

Cancer Risk Not Affected by IVF

Studies on the impact of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) on cancer risk have reported and denied a connection. A recent study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility from researchers in Israel confirms no connection between cancer risk and IVF treatment. ... read more »

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) Prevalence and Policy

According to the study,cases of fetal alcohol syndrome in Australia are underreported, which could impact the effectiveness of programs designed to reduce the number of children born with or at risk of fetal alcohol syndrome. ... read more »

Australian Woman Surfs Her Way Through 9+ Months of Pregnancy

It takes a lot to knock Kristi Olivares off her surf board. Pregnancycouldn't do it, not even when the pregnancy lasted nine and a halfmonths. ... read more »

Prognostic Factors for Low Birth Weight Repetition

Information collected by the Pelotas Birth Cohort was used in a recent study published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. The study reported prognostic factors doctors can look for in patients with prior low birth weight pregnancies. ... read more »

Anorectal Malformations Increase in 2011

Doctors at the Hospital Materno-Infantil Infanta delivered nine newborns with anorectal defects in 2011. Doctors chose to investigate the cases for possible cause. The results of the investigation were published in the journal Cirugia Pediatrica. ... read more »

Effect of Maternal Smoking on Birth Weight

According to a study published in the journal PLoS One, maternal smoking reduces birth weight, supporting current research. Researchers from Lund University tested the effect of maternal smoking using sibling analysis. ... read more »

Vitamin D Supplementation May Lower Autism Risk

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have less of the hormones attributed to social behavior: oxytocin, serotonin, and vasopressin. But vitamin D can stimulate the production of these hormones. ... read more »

Effect of Academic Detailing on Group B Strep Testing Rates

Researchers from Brazil recently published a study in the BMC Pregnancy Childbirth journal investigating the effectiveness of academic detailing on group B strep testing rates. ... read more »

Iron/Zinc Combination May be Beneficial for Pregnant Women

Some pregnant women receive iron supplements during pregnancy to treat or prevent anemia, but researchers in Ghana believe patients with anemia that do not respond to iron supplementation may benefit from supplemental zinc. ... read more »

How a Techno-Geek Startup Founder Copes With Pregnancy

Kate Matsudaira is a mover-and-shaker-type entrepreneur who thoroughly thrives on her life in the high tech industry. ... read more »

Cost-Effectiveness in Treatment of Rh-Negative Pregnant Women

  Researchers in Quebec recently published a study comparing four possible treatments for Rh-negative pregnancies in an attempt to find the most cost-effective means of treatment with good clinical outcome.  ... read more »

Breast Milk, Fatty Acids and Maternal Smoking

Based on evidence collected by researchers at the Medical University of Gdansk, maternal smoking affects the fatty acid profile of breast milk. The results of the study were published in the journal Acta Paediatrica. ... read more »

Factors Affecting Pregnancy in Later Years

Before actively trying to conceive, a woman may want to consider the factors that affect pregnancy after age 35 and the steps she can take before and after pregnancy that will ensure the best outcome. ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Prolapse During Labor and Delivery

Based on a study published in the Journal of Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, umbilical cord prolapse requires prompt delivery of the fetus to reduce possible negative outcomes. The research was completed by authors at Tel Aviv University. ... read more »

The Re-emergence of Pertussis

In the last 10 years a re-emergence of pertussis has been reported. The majority of cases have shifted from children attending school to older children, adults and infants. ... read more »

Endoglin and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Recent reports indicate a connection between inflammation and angiogenesis. Researchers for the U.S. Government recently published an article connecting elevated sENG (soluble Endoglin), an anti-angiogenic protein, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. ... read more »

Childhood Behavior and Umbilical Cord Testosterone Levels

Researchers from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research recently published a study in PLoS One on the potential role of testosterone levels of umbilical cord blood and behavior in boys and girls. ... read more »

Therapeutic Apheresis for Severe Hypertriglyceridemia in Pregnancy

Serum triglyceride levels increase during pregnancy. In some cases, serum triglyceride can reach unsafe levels. The condition is called hypertriglyceridemia. ... read more »

Impact of Chorioamnionitis on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Bacterial infections, typically associated with long labor and bacteria that moves from the vagina to the uterus, can cause chorioamnionitis or an inflammation of the fetal membranes. ... read more »

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