Air Pollution Tied to Stillbirth in Small Study

May 25, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — “Suggestive evidence” of a link between air pollution and increased risk of stillbirth is growing, according to a new review.
Wide regional variations in the world’s stillbirth rates suggest most of last year’s 2.6 million stillbirths were preventable, the research team said.
“If the evidence of an association between […]

“Extreme Preemies” Can Have Health Issues That Persist Into Adulthood

May 24, 2016

Extremely premature infants often face lifelong challenges, enduring more physical, emotional, and social difficulties as adults than their peers born full-term, researchers report.

Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

May 23, 2016

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The whooping cough vaccine is safe for pregnant women, a new study indicates.
The researchers also found the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, is critical for the health of newborns that are particularly vulnerable to the illness.
“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence […]

If You’ve Ever Had a C-Section, Probably Best to Avoid Home Birth, Experts Say

May 19, 2016

Pregnant women who’ve had a cesarean delivery in the past should not plan a home birth because they face a higher risk for complications.

Pain, Epilepsy Drug Lyrica May Increase Birth Defects Risk, Study Suggests

May 18, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The widely prescribed drug pregabalin (Lyrica) may slightly increase the risk for birth defects, a new study suggests.
In a small study, researchers found that among women taking Lyrica during the first trimester of pregnancy, 6 percent had infants with major birth defects. In women […]

Study Finds Websites and Apps That Calculate Fertility Are Often Inaccurate

May 16, 2016

Websites and apps that promise to calculate a woman’s most fertile days may often be off base, a new study suggests.

Gestational Diabetes May Lead to More Body Fat on Babies

May 12, 2016

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Babies born to mothers who had gestational diabetes may be more likely to carry excess fat in early life, new research suggests.
At 2 months of age, the babies of mothers with gestational diabetes had 16 percent more body fat than babies of mothers without the disorder. This finding […]

Does Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Increase Autism Risk?

May 12, 2016

A new study suggests that excessive amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 in a mother’s body might increase a baby’s risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder.

Mouse Models Reveal How Zika Infects Fetuses

May 11, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have created the first model of how the Zika virus spreads from a pregnant mouse to its fetus.
The mouse model showed that the virus first damages the placenta before infecting the fetus, causing many of the same complications seen in human babies.
“There have been questions regarding […]

Study Links Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy to Heavier Babies

May 10, 2016

Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened drinks every day may be more likely to give birth to heavier babies.


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