First Baby Arrived Early? Second Baby Probably Will, Too

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.

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3 Babies Born in the U.S. With Birth Defects From Zika

In the first reporting of Zika-related birth defects in the United States, federal health officials said that three babies have been born with these birth defects while three pregnancies have been lost because of brain damage caused by the virus.

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Study Links Smoking During Pregnancy to Baby’s Schizophrenia

Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk that a child could develop schizophrenia, new research suggests.

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Folic Acid-Fortified Foods Prevent Some, But Not All Neural Tube Birth Defects

Fortifying cereals, grains, and flour with folic acid has not protected against the risk of certain birth defects as much as experts thought it would, a large, new study suggests.

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

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.

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Super-Fit Pregnant Midwife Responds to Body Shamers on Instagram

“All women’s bodies should be celebrated.”

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Does Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Increase Autism Risk?

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.

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Study Links Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy to Heavier Babies

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

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Pregnancy Flu Shot Helps Keep Newborns Safe Later On

When a pregnant woman gets vaccinated for the flu, the protection extends to her baby too, new research confirms.

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Kids Born to Older Moms May Be Taller, Fitter, and More Educated Than Peers

Although older women may face more potential pregnancy complications, their children seem to fare better in some ways over the long run.

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