Getting Pregnant

Dads' Depression May Raise Kids' Risk of Emotional Problems
Children of depressed dads are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems when compared with kids whose dads are not depressed, according to a new study.
Pregnant Women to Get Pertussis Vaccine
To stop a rise in infant deaths from whooping cough, the ACIP recommends the Tdap vaccine for pregnant women in their late second or third trimester.
Relationship Troubles Add to ‘Pre-Baby’ Blues
Pregnant women in strained relationships with their partners may be more likely to experience “pre-baby blues,” finds a new study published online in BMC Public Health.
Family Trend? 2 Kids, Different Dads
Many women in the U.S. have children by more than one man, according to a new study. Among mothers with two or more children, more than one in four -- 28% -- had different partners when they conceived the children.
Progesterone Gel Reduces Risk of Early Preterm Birth
Progesterone gel may help reduce the chances of early preterm birth among certain women who are considered high-risk.
Obesity in Pregnancy May Raise Infant Death Risk
Babies born to obese moms appear to have an increased risk of dying before birth, at delivery, and during their first year of life, according to a new study.
Omega-3s May Cut Risk of Postpartum Depression
Eating fatty fish or other foods rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy may help lower your risk of developing symptoms commonly seen in postpartum depression, a small study suggests.
Pesticide Exposure in Womb Linked to Lower IQ
Children exposed to pesticides in the womb are more likely to have measurable problems with intelligence, memory, and attention, three new studies show.
Dietary Supplement May Help Prevent Preeclampsia
An inexpensive dietary supplement appears to help prevent the serious pregnancy complication preeclampsia in high-risk women, according to a new study.
Too Much Pregnancy Weight Linked to Baby's Obesity Risk
Women who put on too much weight during their pregnancy are more likely to give birth to newborns with excessive body fat, and this may set their children up for being overweight or obese as they age, a study suggests.
Pregnant Women Don't Need Vitamin D Screening
Routine screening of all pregnant women for vitamin D deficiency is not recommended, according to new guidelines issued by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Stress in Pregnancy May Make Kids Vulnerable to Stress
Children born to mothers who are highly stressed during pregnancy exhibit genetic changes that may make them more vulnerable to stress themselves, new research finds.
DHA During Pregnancy May Cut Infant Colds
Getting enough of an essential fatty acid during pregnancy may help prevent colds in newborns.
Boy or Girl? Fetal DNA Tests Often Spot On
Using cell-free fetal DNA from a mother's blood to determine the unborn baby's sex is highly effective, according to a new review of the research.
Vitamins May Lower Risk of Birth Complication
Women who take a multivitamin every day around the time of conception appear to have a reduced risk for delivering low-birth weight babies, a new study finds.
Snuff Use During Pregnancy Is Harmful to Newborns
The use of smokeless tobacco during pregnancy increases the risk that newborns will have breathing pauses (apnea) in their sleep, a study shows.
Common Chemical May Disrupt Kids' Development
A chemical found in a wide range of consumer products may be harmful to children's mental and behavioral development, and muscular coordination, a study shows.
Is High Blood Pressure Linked to Birth Defects?
Women who take blood pressure drugs called ACE inhibitors during the first trimester of their pregnancy may be no more likely to have babies with birth defects than women with hypertension who take other types of high blood pressure medication or no blood pressure drugs at all, according to a new study.
More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shots
Pregnant women are now more likely to get a flu shot than a few years ago, and for good reason: Evidence continues to mount that the vaccine safely protects both mother and newborn from influenza and its complications.
Preterm Birth Rates Heading in Right Direction, Barely
Preterm birth rates improved in nearly every state between 2006 and 2009, but the United States still merited only a "C" on the March of Dimes' latest Premature Birth Report Card.
Studies Identify Stillbirth Risk Factors, Causes
While many risk factors for stillbirth are out of a woman's control, others can be changed to help lower risk, new research shows.
Hormone Treatment May Drastically Reduce Preterm Births
The hormone progesterone, when given vaginally, reduced preterm birth by 42% in women at risk of premature delivery due to a short cervix, a new analysis shows.
Smoking During Pregnancy May Damage Children's Blood Vessels
If women didn’t already have enough reasons to quit smoking before pregnancy, here’s a big one: Smoking during pregnancy may set their child up for blood vessel damage, a new study shows.
U.S. Twin Birth Rate at All-Time High
More than ever, more pregnant women are getting more than they may have expected, according to a report on 30-year trends in twin births.
Asthma Drugs During Pregnancy Linked to Slight Risk of Rare Birth Defects
New research provides some reassuring news for many pregnant women who have asthma.
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