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Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?

Prenatal supplements may help reduce harms of pesticide exposure, study suggests

Mom-to-Be's Antidepressants Tied to Kids' Psychiatric Woes

But study authors say findings need to be interpreted with caution

Be Cautious Going Home After Hurricane Harvey

Electrocution and carbon monoxide poisoning are risks in flooded homes, American Thoracic Society says

Researchers Find Genes Linked to Preterm Birth

They also found that low selenium may play a role in early delivery, but these findings need to be replicated

Mom-to-Be's Cellphone May Not Harm Fetal Brain

Devices' electromagnetic fields aren't linked to problems with language or motor skills in study

Does Immune System Hold Clues to Preterm Births?

Deviations from a preset pattern of changes might predict some early deliveries, scientists say

Suicide a Danger for Some Women During Pregnancy: Study

Notion this is the happiest time of life may be unrealistic

Zika Hijacks Pregnant Woman's Immune System

Virus can then damage growing fetus, researchers report

Smoking on the Rise Among Pregnant Women With Depression

More than 1 in 3 smoke, compared to 1 in 10 who aren't depressed, U.S. survey finds

Preterm Birth Risk Spikes in Mothers With Sleep Disorders

Pregnant women with apnea or insomnia have roughly twice the risk of delivering before 34 weeks, study finds

Prenatal Exposure to Certain Flame Retardants Linked to Lower IQs

Chemicals known as PBDEs can affect generations to come, researcher says

Is Infant Drug Withdrawal Likelier When Opioids Used With Psychiatric Drugs?

Prescribing practices called into question by new study

Recent Flu Shot Shouldn't Prevent Vaccination During Pregnancy

Study rebuts concerns about multiple vaccination timing

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Slight Increase in Autism

But difference in risk is quite small, experts say

Good Diet, Exercise While Pregnant Could Cut C-section Risk

These healthy habits also lower odds for other obstetric complications, study shows

Can Fetal Alcohol Damage Be Undone?

Two common medications show promise in lab rats, researchers report

Impaired Eyesight May Be First Sign of Zika Damage in Babies

All infants with prenatal exposure to the virus need a vision exam, researchers say

Asthma Control Essential in Pregnancy, Study Suggests

Kids appear more likely to develop the disorder when moms aren't effectively treated

Experimental Vaccines Might Shield Fetus From Zika

A mouse study shows the vaccines protected unborn baby mice from the virus

Does Stress Worsen Chemical Harms in Pregnancy?

Researchers find greater odds for low birth weight babies

No Sign That Antidepressants in Pregnancy Harm Kids' Brains: Study

Large Swedish study found no link between mom's use of the drugs and kid's intellectual disability

Malaria Drug Protected Mouse Fetus From Zika: Study

More research is needed on effects in primates and humans, researcher says

Pregnancy Complication Costs U.S. Billions

Preeclampsia rates have risen steadily since the 1980s

Do Moms Who Smoke in Pregnancy Raise Their Odds for a Troubled Teen?

Study found link between smoking and antisocial, criminal behavior in offspring

Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away?

Odds of preeclampsia dropped 62 percent for high-risk women who took a daily pill, study finds

Tissue Testing Can Spot Zika at Birth: CDC

Just 1 in 10 possible cases actually proved positive, report says

Higher Pregnancy Weight Tied to Raised Odds for Birth Defects

But researchers say absolute risk is low

Fever During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Study

But absolute risk is low, researcher says

1 in 20 Pregnant Women Infected With Zika Have Babies With Birth Defects: CDC

Report from U.S. territories finds 120 newborns suffered range of devastating developmental problems

Heart Risks to Fetus From Bipolar Drug May Be Lower Than Thought

Pregnant women taking lithium should discuss any concerns with doctor, researchers say

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Safe for Baby: Study

It finds newborns aren't more likely to be irritable, hard to feed or sleepless

Just 10 Cigarettes During Pregnancy Can Harm Kids

Teens whose mothers smoked may have issues with thinking skills, study shows

Pregnancy Weight Gain: Too Much or Too Little Is Unhealthy

Try to get to a healthy weight before conception, experts advise

U.S. Teen Births Hit Historic Low: CDC

Data from 2014 also shows that more older women are having children, study finds

Stroke Risk Can Rise With Pregnancy-Linked High Blood Pressure

Infections, clotting disorders, history of high blood pressure puts women with preeclampsia in jeopardy, study says

U.S. Moms-to-Be Often Victims of Assault

Researchers recommended routine prenatal screening for violence and trauma

Zika Arrived in Florida at Least Four Different Ways

Virus strains came from the Caribbean and Latin America, researchers say

Increasing Numbers of Pregnant Women Also Have Heart Disease

Multiple specialists may be needed to care for these expectant moms, researcher says

Sleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy Complications

Longer hospital stays, more hysterectomies tied to the sleep disorder, study says

Poverty Could Make Lupus Even Worse

Second study saw pregnancy complications higher among non-whites

Some Lead Poisoning Tests May Be Faulty

But the majority of tests are unaffected, U.S. officials say

Odds for C-Section May Depend on Hospital

Consumer Reports finds rates vary from 7 to 64 percent across U.S.

As Temps Rise, Risk of Pregnancy Complication May Too

Extreme cold seems to reduce the chances; heat raises the odds, study suggests

Zika Risk May Be Lower Than Thought for Some Pregnant Women

U.S. study found only 1 of 185 who traveled to active areas tested positive, and baby wasn't infected

Mom's Money Worries May Mean Smaller Baby

Researchers suggest doctors look for ways to help poorer women during pregnancy

Babies Born Addicted to Opioids Often Struggle With Learning

They're more likely to have disabilities and developmental delays, researchers say

Some Antibiotics Linked to Miscarriage Risk

Study finds certain meds seem safer than others, but overall danger is low, researchers say

Repeat Teen Births Still a Problem in United States: CDC

Too few teens use the most effective birth control after having a first baby

Could Smoking in Pregnancy Affect a Grandkid's Autism Risk?

Study shows a generations-long link, but research can't prove cause-and-effect

Routine Tests Urged for Pregnancy Complication Preeclampsia

Expert panel recommends blood-pressure check at every prenatal visit