Pregnancy Risks News

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2/4/2014
Expectant Mothers' Colds May Affect Baby

Exposures in womb might raise risk of asthma, allergies in childhood, study suggests

2/3/2014
Babies Born to Moms Over 35 May Have Lower Risk for Certain Birth Defects

Study finding is specific to physical anomalies that are unrelated to chromosomes, researchers say

2/3/2014
Study Ties Home Births to Higher Infant Death Rates

Analysis of midwife-assisted deliveries suggests non-hospital setting, rather than practitioner type, is key factor

1/23/2014
First-Time Cesarean Rates Dipped in 2012: CDC

But doctor says the surgical births are still too commonplace

1/17/2014
Smoking While Pregnant Raises Baby's Risk of Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip

Report from U.S. Surgeon General confirms maternal smoking's link to these birth defects

1/15/2014
Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Slight Risk of Lung Disorder in Babies

But, overall risk of 'persistent pulmonary hypertension' remains low, study finds

1/14/2014
Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Later Nicotine Addiction in Daughters

40-year study did not find similar risk in sons

1/13/2014
U.S. Panel Urges Diabetes Screening for All Pregnant Women

Preventive Services Task Force recommends blood sugar test after 24 weeks of pregnancy

1/8/2014
Premature 'Water Breaking' During Pregnancy Linked to Bacteria

One-third of preterm births caused by early rupture of amniotic sac, study says

1/2/2014
Can Bacterial Infections During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?

Study found an association, but researchers said such infections are common and most don't lead to problems

12/20/2013
Early Elective Childbirth May Raise Health Risks for Babies, Moms: Study

Obstetrician calls for more public awareness of possible complications

12/18/2013
Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism

Large study finds little connection between mother's use of drugs like Prozac and children's autism risk

12/16/2013
Doctors Warn Against Raw Milk for Kids, Pregnant Women

Policy statement from pediatricians' group bolstered by Minnesota study on foodborne illness

12/13/2013
Could Longer Maternity Leave Prevent Postpartum Depression?

Study of 800 women found higher symptom rates with shorter leaves

12/11/2013
Kids' Social Skills May Suffer When Mothers Drink During Pregnancy

Study suggests effect on children's brains goes beyond intelligence

12/10/2013
Pot Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk

Finding may gain significance as legalization spreads across U.S., study author says

12/4/2013
Fertility Treatments Behind High Rates of Multiple Births: Study

But unlike other methods, growing IVF use may help reverse trend, experts say

12/3/2013
Home Visits During Pregnancy and Beyond May Give Poor Kids a Boost

Better focus and stability noted in families seen by nurses and other trained caregivers, study finds

12/3/2013
Mother's Smoking, Early Birth May Raise ADHD Risk in Children

But researchers say more study on the causes of the disorder is needed

11/26/2013
Preemies Show Subtle Differences in Brain Development

But researchers aren't sure if that translates into problems, disabilities down the road

11/22/2013
Tiniest Newborns Often Lead Normal Adult Lives, Study Finds

Researchers followed 'extreme preemies' into adulthood and found they were satisfied with their lives

11/22/2013
Healthy Lifestyle May Mean Healthy Pregnancy

Study pinpointed good and bad habits that could affect risk of complications

11/21/2013
Mercury Levels Dropping in Younger U.S. Women: Report

EPA findings suggest those of childbearing age are making safer choices with fish, shellfish

11/18/2013
Heart Disease No. 1 Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California: Study

Researchers say one-third of these deaths could be prevented

11/14/2013
Testing for Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes Should Be Routine, Experts Say

New guidelines from the Endocrine Society aim to detect cases early, get treatment started

11/14/2013
Women With Asthma May Take Longer to Get Pregnant: Study

They ultimately had same number of children as women without the respiratory condition

11/13/2013
Study Ties Weight-Loss Surgery to Higher Risk of Preemie Birth

Lower birth weights also seen in babies whose mothers had undergone procedure

11/11/2013
Health Risks, Costs Much Higher With Multiple Births: Study

Having triplets or more resulted in 20 times greater medical expenses compared to single births

11/8/2013
Non-Delivery Hospital Stay May Raise Clot Risk During Pregnancy

Risk remained for 28 days after discharge; highest when hospitalization was for 3 or more days, study suggests

11/5/2013
Snoring in Pregnancy Tied to Possible Health Concerns

Study saw higher rates of C-sections, smaller babies

11/1/2013
U.S. Preemie Birth Rate Continues to Fall: Report

But, rate still highest among industrialized countries

10/28/2013
More Weight Gain in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Autism Risk for Kids: Study

However, this doesn't mean more weight causes neurodevelopmental disorder, authors stress

10/28/2013
Study of Male Birth Defect Lets Pesticides Off the Hook -- for Now

Hypospadias occurs in about five of every 1,000 baby boys

10/28/2013
Moms With Lupus More Likely to Have Children With Autism, Study Suggests

But overall risk is low, shouldn't influence parenting decisions, expert says

10/23/2013
Infants Exposed to Smoking in Womb at Risk of Infections, Death: Study

Researchers looked at Washington state hospitalizations, mortality for 50,000 babies

10/23/2013
Researchers Describe 1st 'Functional Cure' of HIV in Baby

More studies needed to see if it's really a breakthrough in fight against AIDS

10/15/2013
Popular Morning Sickness Drug Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds

Women taking metoclopramide can be reassured by the findings, expert says

10/15/2013
Lower Smog Levels Tied to Lower Birth Weights

Pregnant women's exposure to air pollution from traffic, industry still too high, European study finds

10/14/2013
New Test May Spot Which Embryos Stand Greatest Chance of Survival

Measuring mitochondria in cells better predicted success rate with in vitro fertilization, study says

10/3/2013
Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Tied to Bipolar Disorder in Adult Offspring: Study

Research adds to other health hazards of tobacco smoke exposure in the womb

9/26/2013
Blood Levels of Banned Flame Retardant Drop for Pregnant Women in California

Statewide ban of toxic PBDEs likely behind the sharp decrease, study authors say

9/26/2013
Severe Blood Infections During Childbirth on Rise in U.S. Women

Sepsis-related deaths also increased sharply over decade, researchers say

9/26/2013
Gel May Offer Simple Treatment for Newborns With Low Blood Sugar

However, U.S. experts say inexpensive medication is promising but needs more research

9/20/2013
Abnormal BMI Tips Scale Toward Pregnancy Complications, Study Says

Women too thin or too heavy had longer hospital stays, added costs

9/16/2013
Asthma Care Critical During Pregnancy, Study Finds

Close monitoring needed, regardless of severity, researchers say

9/10/2013
FDA Announces New Safety Measures for Narcotic Painkillers

Label warnings designed to limit use of extended-release, long-acting drugs like Oxycontin

9/10/2013
Smoking Plus Asthma in Pregnancy May Make for 'Dangerous Situation'

The risk of poor health outcomes for mother and baby shouldn't be underestimated, researchers say

9/10/2013
Some Painkillers Tied to Certain Birth Defects in Study

Overall risk of problems like spina bifida called low, but experts advise women to discuss prescription opioid use with doctor

9/9/2013
Scientists Shed New Light on Cerebral Palsy, Early Infant Death

Birth defects, poor fetal growth appear to be primary risk factors, study finds

9/9/2013
Study Sees No Link Between Drinking During Early Pregnancy and Birth Woes

The research didn't examine long-term health threats; March of Dimes critical of the findings