Gaining Too Much or Too Little Weight During Pregnancy May Influence Child’s Obesity Risk

Children born to mothers who gain either too much or too little weight during their pregnancy are more likely to be overweight or obese, a new study has found.

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Aspirin Advised for Women at High Risk for THIS Pregnancy Complication

Pregnant women at high risk for a serious condition that affects blood pressure should take low-dose aspirin every day after their first trimester, according to a new draft recommendation by an influential U.S. panel of experts.

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Women Carrying ‘Baby Weight’ 1 Year Postpartum May Risk Heart Trouble

New mothers who don’t lose their pregnancy weight in the year after they give birth are at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, researchers warn.

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The Surprising Connection Between Stress and Fertility

Stress may increase a woman’s risk of infertility, new research suggests.

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Obese Women May Need a Higher Dose of IVF Drug

Obese women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) might need a stronger dose of a certain medication to improve their chances of getting pregnant, new research suggests.

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Why Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Get Ultrasound Videos As Souvenirs

Expectant mothers should not get fetal ultrasound videos as keepsakes and should not use over-the-counter Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Nicotine Patches Don’t Help Pregnant Women Quit Smoking

Nicotine patches don’t seem to help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study has found. The study included 402 pregnant women in France who smoked at least five cigarettes a day. The women, who were 12 to 20 weeks’ pregnant, were randomly selected to use either 16-hour nicotine patches or inactive placebo patches until they gave birth.

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Girls Born Underweight May Have Increased Risk of Fertility Problems

Women who were very small or underweight when they were born may be twice as likely to have fertility problems as those who were normal size at birth, new research suggests.

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Out-of-Hospital Births Are Up 26% Since 2004

The percentage of U.S. women choosing to give birth at home or in a birthing center rather than a hospital has grown by 56 percent in less than a decade, according to a new government report.

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Pregnant Women Who Believe They’re ‘Eating for Two’ Can Gain Too Much Weight

Overweight or obese pregnant women who believe they are “eating for two” are more likely to gain too much weight, a new study shows. Researchers cautioned that gaining too much weight during pregnancy could lead to long-term weight problems, as well as premature delivery.

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