Put Birth Control in Place Right After Childbirth

July 26, 2016

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Obstetrician-gynecologists should counsel pregnant women about use of long-acting reversible contraception, such as implants and IUDs, immediately after they give birth, a leading group of U.S. doctors says.
The goal is to prevent accidental pregnancy or another pregnancy too soon, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) explained […]

Induced Labor Won’t Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests

July 25, 2016

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Inducing labor won’t raise a pregnant woman’s risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests.
“These findings should provide reassurance to women who are about to give birth, that having their labor induced will not increase their child’s risk of developing autism spectrum disorders,” said senior […]

1.6 Million Child-Bearing Women in Latin America Could Get Zika: Study

July 25, 2016

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Up to 1.6 million child-bearing women in Central and South America may be at risk for infection with the Zika virus by the end of the first phase of the epidemic, new research suggests.
Mosquito-borne Zika has been linked with serious birth defects including microcephaly, where babies are born […]

Some Pregnant Women Still Travel to Zika-Affected Areas

July 22, 2016

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite warnings, an increasing number of pregnant women from New York City are traveling to Zika-affected areas and then getting tested when they come home, the city’s health department says.
The Zika virus can cause miscarriage and serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, which leads to babies born with […]

New Clues to Zika’s Threat to Fetus, and How to Stop It

July 19, 2016

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Maternal infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus can pose serious dangers to the fetus.
Now, scientists say they’ve gained new insight into how the virus infects the fetus, and a potential means of preventing infection.
Zika can cause serious birth defects if a woman becomes infected while pregnant. Thousands of […]

First Baby Arrived Early? Second Baby Probably Will, Too

July 13, 2016

Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests.

Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Under-Reported

July 7, 2016

THURSDAY, July 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A significantly higher percentage of American women may be smoking while pregnant than researchers have previously believed, a new study suggests.
The finding is based on urine tests that can measure nicotine exposure compared to what pregnant women report about their smoking habits.
“We have long suspected that smoking status […]

U.S. Army, French Drugmaker to Join Forces on Zika Vaccine

July 6, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi said Wednesday that it’s joining with U.S. Army researchers to work on a vaccine for Zika virus, which has caused thousands of birth defects, primarily in Brazil.
Brazil is the site of the upcoming Summer Olympics.
Sanofi Pasteur said it will begin […]

Pregnancy Flu Shot Protects Newborn for 8 Weeks: Study

July 5, 2016

TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A flu shot during pregnancy protects newborns against the flu for about two months after birth, a new study finds.
Previous studies have shown that flu vaccination during pregnancy helps protect newborns. This study shows the length of protection is likely limited to the first eight weeks of life, […]

Many Smartphone ‘Fertility Apps’ May Not Work

July 1, 2016

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A smartphone app probably won’t help you get pregnant or avoid pregnancy, researchers report.
“Smartphone apps are increasing in popularity because more and more women are interested in using natural or fertility awareness-based methods of family planning,” said study leader Dr. Marguerite Duane.
These women want “to feel empowered with […]

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