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What’s the Best Time for Pregnant Women to Get COVID Vaccines?

Researchers compare maternal and fetal antibody responses to different COVID-19 vaccines.

¿Cuánto tiempo duran los anticuerpos del COVID-19 después de la infección?

Los anticuerpos del COVID-19 duran hasta 500 días después de la infección, según los investigadores.

HealthDay Now: Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Mothers Hardest

HealthDay’s Mabel Jong will be joined by Stacey D. Stewart, the president & CEO of March of Dimes, and Dr. Chereena Walker, a hospitalist and mother of two from Missouri who experienced severe complications during her pregnancies. Stewart and Walker will discuss the risks that pregnant women — particularly women of color — face in the United States.

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Linked to Heart Disease Later in Life

Pregnant women who experience gestational hypertension or preeclampsia at increased risk for heart disease later in life, researchers say.

Antidepressants Are Often Ineffective During Pregnancy, Study Finds

About one third of pregnant women taking SSRIs still report significant depression symptoms, researchers find.

Study Identifies Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression

Survey of more than 1.1 million new mothers helps researchers identify risk factors for postpartum depression.

Smoking Before and After Conception May Slow Embryo Growth, Study Finds

Smoking before and after becoming pregnant may delay embryo development and lead to smaller babies at birth, researchers say.

Most Women Have Poor Heart Health Before Pregnancy, New Study Finds

Most women have at least one risk factor for poor heart health before becoming pregnant, with obesity being the most common.

Why Are More Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Using Pot?

More pregnant women are using marijuana to help manage symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and insomnia, researchers say.

Chemicals Found in Certain Hair Products May Interfere with Hormone Levels in Pregnant Women, New Study Finds.

Chemicals found in personal care products may disrupt levels of hormones critical for maintaining pregnancy and fetal development, researchers say.

New Moms Face Significant Financial Stress, Study Finds

More than half of expectant and new mothers worry about their ability to pay medical and household bills, researchers say.

Higher Risk for Emergency Delivery Among Pregnant Women with Symptomatic COVID: Study

Pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 are more likely to have emergency complications during delivery, researchers say

Pregnant Women Who Get COVID Vaccine Pass Antibodies to Newborns

Expectant moms who receive mRNA Covid-19 vaccines pass antibodies to their newborns, researchers find.

Dangerous Diabetes Tied to Pregnancy Is on the Rise

Obesity and older maternal age are likely contributing to a significant increase in gestational diabetes, researchers say

No Sign COVID Raises Risk of Preterm Birth

Researchers in Canada find no increase in preterm births or stillbirths during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic

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04 Jul
U.S. Maternal Deaths Spiked Upwards During Pandemic

U.S. Maternal Deaths Spiked Upwards During Pandemic

Death rates for U.S. pregnant women or those who had just delivered jumped sharply during the first year of the pandemic, new research shows.

While U.S. death rates increased overall by 16% in 2020, for pregnant and early postpartum women it was officially even higher, ...

01 Jul
U.S.-Wide Abortion Ban Could Cause Big Uptick in Deaths to Moms

U.S.-Wide Abortion Ban Could Cause Big Uptick in Deaths to Moms

If a national abortion ban follows a Supreme Court ruling overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision, U.S. maternal deaths would likely increase by 24%, new research suggest...

30 Jun
What's the Best Timing for COVID Shots in Pregnancy?

What's the Best Timing for COVID Shots in Pregnancy?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can help protect both mother and baby.

But does it matter which vaccine or at what stage of pregnancy a woman rece...

29 Jun
Demand for Abortion Pills, Info Has Been Surging for Weeks

Demand for Abortion Pills, Info Has Been Surging for Weeks

Shortly after news broke in May that Roe v. Wade was in danger of being overturned by the Supreme Court, internet searches for abortion pills surged, a new study shows.

On M...

28 Jun
Talking to Kids About Abortion Bans Can Be Tough. Experts Offer Guidance

Talking to Kids About Abortion Bans Can Be Tough. Experts Offer Guidance

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the resulting media coverage is likely causing anxiety for many people, including children.

On Friday, the high court's ruling on

27 Jun
Postpartum Depression Can Hit Both Mom & Dad, Sometimes at Same Time

Postpartum Depression Can Hit Both Mom & Dad, Sometimes at Same Time

Most people have heard that women can experience depression after the birth of a child.

But the condition is not limited to moms: New dads can experience depression in the months after their baby is born, by all accounts an enormous life change. This can even happen simu...

27 Jun
Ob-Gyns Call Bans on Abortion Devastating for Women's Health

Ob-Gyns Call Bans on Abortion Devastating for Women's Health

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a woman's right to have an abortion marks a "very dark day in health care" that will leave patients at risk and doctors afraid to act, lea...

24 Jun
SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade, Leaving Many Women Without Access to Abortion

SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade, Leaving Many Women Without Access to Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday that overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a woman's right to abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion... and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and ...

22 Jun
Mom-to-Be's Gum Disease Could Raise Odds for Premature Birth

Mom-to-Be's Gum Disease Could Raise Odds for Premature Birth

A small preliminary study suggests that the health of an expectant mother's gums may affect her likelihood of a preterm birth.

The study compared oral inflammation an...

10 Jun
Neurodevelopmental Issues Double in Babies Exposed to COVID in Womb: Study

Neurodevelopmental Issues Double in Babies Exposed to COVID in Womb: Study

The babies of women infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy may have developmental difficulties during their first year, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely to have preterm births and infants with developmental probl...

02 Jun
Depression in Pregnancy Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids

Depression in Pregnancy Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids

Children whose mothers had rising levels of depression during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of behavioral problems, researchers say.

"Our findings suggest that increases in mother's symptoms of depression from preconception to postpartum contribute to childr...

24 May
With Abortion Access Under Threat, Doctors Focus on 'Contraceptive Counseling'

With Abortion Access Under Threat, Doctors Focus on 'Contraceptive Counseling'

Women are more apt to use birth control when doctors treat it like a routine preventive health service, a new research review shows.

The analysis of 38 past studies found that women were more ...

23 May
U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Women Hardest

U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Women Hardest

With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.
...

23 May
U.S. Rate for a Dangerous Pregnancy Complication Doubled in 12 Years

U.S. Rate for a Dangerous Pregnancy Complication Doubled in 12 Years

Rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds.

"The increase in pregnancy complications is alarming because these adverse pregnancy outcomes — including hypertension [hig...

20 May
C-Section Antibiotics Show No Link to Asthma in Childhood

C-Section Antibiotics Show No Link to Asthma in Childhood

Giving antibiotics to a woman just before a cesarean delivery does not increase her baby's risk of asthma or eczema, a new British study says.

C-section is common, but can put new mothers at incre...

16 May
After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?

After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?

"I do not believe that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is where any of this will end."

So warns Rachel Fey, vice president of policy and strategic partnerships for Power to Decide, a contraception advocacy group dedicated to reducing the risk for unplanned pregnancies.

16 May
When Abortion Means Traveling, More Women Forgo Procedure: Study

When Abortion Means Traveling, More Women Forgo Procedure: Study

Long-distance travel will likely prove a nearly insurmountable barrier to some women seeking abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned as expected, a new study concludes.

Women who need an abortion are more than twice as likely to delay the procedure or decide to continue th...

13 May
Nurses Key to Spotting Postpartum Depression in New Moms

Nurses Key to Spotting Postpartum Depression in New Moms

Nurses can be trained to detect postpartum depression in new mothers and could be crucial in spotting the condition early, researchers report.

Postpartum d...

12 May
No Link Between Antidepressants in Pregnancy, Epilepsy in Children

No Link Between Antidepressants in Pregnancy, Epilepsy in Children

There's good news for women with a mental health condition: Taking antidepressants early in pregnancy doesn't increase a baby's risk of having epilepsy or seizures, researchers say.

"The findings of this study are very important," said study co-author Ayesha Sujan of Ind...

10 May
Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study warns.

"This is the first time we've been able ...

10 May
Why High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Bodes Ill for Future Health

Why High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Bodes Ill for Future Health

High blood pressure complications during pregnancy can be scary, but a new study warns they also significantly raise a woman's risk for heart disease later in life.

"Women with a history of

03 May
Could a Stressed-Out Pregnancy Hinder a Toddler's Development?

Could a Stressed-Out Pregnancy Hinder a Toddler's Development?

Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up, new research sugges...

02 May
Fewer U.S. Doctors Will Get Trained in Abortion if Roe v. Wade Overturned

Fewer U.S. Doctors Will Get Trained in Abortion if Roe v. Wade Overturned

There could be far fewer U.S. doctors trained to provide an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court in a decision that is expected by the end of June, researchers report.

That's because nearly 45% of 286 obstetrics and gynecology residency programs acr...

29 Apr
High Blood Pressure Now Affects 1 in Every 7 U.S. Pregnancies

High Blood Pressure Now Affects 1 in Every 7 U.S. Pregnancies

Rates of high blood pressure among pregnant women in the United States are on the rise and now occur in at least one in seven hospital deliveries, a new government report warns.

The overall...

28 Apr
Vaccine Taken During Pregnancy Might Shield Baby Against RSV

Vaccine Taken During Pregnancy Might Shield Baby Against RSV

An experimental vaccine given during pregnancy has shown early promise for protecting infants from a potentially severe respiratory infection.

The vaccine, being developed by Pfizer, aims to protect babies from respiratory syncytial virus, or

27 Apr
Pandemic Medicaid Rules Allowed More Women to Stay Insured After Childbirth

Pandemic Medicaid Rules Allowed More Women to Stay Insured After Childbirth

Far fewer U.S. women lost health insurance coverage after giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic than in previous years, likely due to a federal law that prevented Medicaid from dropping people, researchers say.

But they noted that the

25 Apr
White Women Tend to Get Better Pain Management After Childbirth

White Women Tend to Get Better Pain Management After Childbirth

After childbirth, some women who received an epidural for pain will develop a debilitating headache. But minority women are less likely than white moms to receive the treatment that can provide relief, according to a new study.

Researchers also found that even when women...

20 Apr
Mediterranean Diet May Cut Preeclampsia Risk During Pregnancy

Mediterranean Diet May Cut Preeclampsia Risk During Pregnancy

A Mediterranean-style diet is known to help protect the heart, and now new research suggests it can also lower an expectant mother's risk for life-threatening preeclampsia.

Marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine, or other problems during pregnancy, ...

18 Apr
Smoking During Pregnancy May Not Raise ADHD Risk in Kids After All

Smoking During Pregnancy May Not Raise ADHD Risk in Kids After All

Smoking during pregnancy does not directly cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a new paper that challenges a widely held belief.

"Our systematic re...

12 Apr
Pandemic May Have Left Lessons on C-Section 'Preemie' Births

Pandemic May Have Left Lessons on C-Section 'Preemie' Births

There was a 6.5% drop in premature births from cesarean sections and induced deliveries in the United States during the pandemic, likely because pregnant women made fewer v...

08 Apr
Battling Mom-to-Be's Preexisting High Blood Pressure Brings No Harm to Baby

Battling Mom-to-Be's Preexisting High Blood Pressure Brings No Harm to Baby

When women go into pregnancy with mild high blood pressure, treating the condition can cut the risk of health threats to themselves and their babies, a new clinical trial has shown.

...

05 Apr
No Sign That COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Raises Birth Defect Risk

No Sign That COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Raises Birth Defect Risk

Public health experts have been telling pregnant women that it is safe -- and recommended -- to get a COVID-19 shot because they are at higher risk for poor outcomes and death from the virus.

New research now answers a key question about the vaccine's impact on their bab...

28 Mar
More Evidence COVID Raises Odds for Pregnancy Complications

More Evidence COVID Raises Odds for Pregnancy Complications

If you're pregnant and questioning whether you need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, new research might sway your decision.

For mothers-to-be, the coronavirus appears to double the risk of serious

22 Mar
Ultrasounds, Exams Unnecessary Before Receiving Abortion Pill: Study

Ultrasounds, Exams Unnecessary Before Receiving Abortion Pill: Study

Women can safely use abortion pills without first getting ultrasound scans, or having an in-person medical appointment at all, a new study confirms.

For more than 20 years, U.S. women have had access to medication abortions for ending early pregnancies, using the drugs m...

17 Mar
Postpartum Depression Rates Have Tripled for New Moms During Pandemic

Postpartum Depression Rates Have Tripled for New Moms During Pandemic

Rates of postpartum depression among American mothers rose nearly three-fold during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with large increases in major depression and thoughts of self-harm, according to a new study.

14 Mar
Cost of Having Baby Puts Many U.S. Families at 'Financial Risk'

Cost of Having Baby Puts Many U.S. Families at 'Financial Risk'

Bringing home a baby should be an exciting and blissful time, but for many new parents, colossal out-of-pocket costs for pregnancy and delivery take the joy out of this milestone.

Some low-income families spend close to 20% of their annual income on medical costs during ...

07 Mar
Antidepressants Often Ineffective for Depression in Pregnancy

Antidepressants Often Ineffective for Depression in Pregnancy

Antidepressants don't always help ease depression and anxiety in pregnant women and new moms, according to a new study.

"This is the first longitudinal data to show that many pregnant women report depression and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum, despite t...

28 Feb
Which New Moms Are at Highest Risk for Postpartum Depression?

Which New Moms Are at Highest Risk for Postpartum Depression?

First-time moms and new mothers of twins may be among those at greatest risk of postpartum depression symptoms, a large new study suggests.

Postpartum depression is a common illness. In the United States alone, about one in eight women report depression symptoms soon aft...

28 Feb
Could Migraines Raise Odds for Complications in Pregnancy?

Could Migraines Raise Odds for Complications in Pregnancy?

Women with migraine may have a higher risk of preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications, a new study suggests.

The researchers looked at more than 30,000 pregnancies in about 19,000 women over a 20-year period.

"Roughly 20% of women of childbearing age experie...

23 Feb
U.S. Deaths to New Mothers Rose During Pandemic, Minorities Hit Hardest

U.S. Deaths to New Mothers Rose During Pandemic, Minorities Hit Hardest

Expectant U.S. women died in greater numbers during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, either during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth, a new federal study reports.

This increase hit Black women particularly hard. They had a maternal death rate about three ti...

23 Feb
Smoking Around Time of Conception May Harm Embryo

Smoking Around Time of Conception May Harm Embryo

Smoking in the weeks before and after conception has a potentially unhealthy effect on an embryo, Dutch research shows.

"Smoking not only impacts an embryo's gr...

21 Feb
Many Challenges, But Pandemic Wasn't All Bad for New Moms

Many Challenges, But Pandemic Wasn't All Bad for New Moms

While new mothers have faced many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had at least one positive impact, a new survey shows: They were able to have more quiet time with their newborns.

That's a key finding of the first known

15 Feb
COVID Vaccine Given in Pregnancy Guards Against Severe COVID in Newborns

COVID Vaccine Given in Pregnancy Guards Against Severe COVID in Newborns

A new government study is the first to confirm that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy delivers real protection to newborns.

"While we know these antibodies cross the placenta, until this study we have not yet had data to demonstrate whether the antibodies might provi...

15 Feb
Majority of Pregnant U.S. Women Were Already in Poor Health: Study

Majority of Pregnant U.S. Women Were Already in Poor Health: Study

Once they're pregnant, women have a lot of checkups to make sure they stay healthy. But a mom's health preconception is vitally important, too, and a growing cause for concern.

Increasingly, moms in the United States are starting their pregnancies already ha...

15 Feb
Scientists Pinpoint Why Epilepsy Seizures Rise in Pregnancy

Scientists Pinpoint Why Epilepsy Seizures Rise in Pregnancy

Many women with epilepsy have breakthrough seizures when they get pregnant, and researchers say they've figured out why.

Their new study shows that pregnan...

10 Feb
COVID Infection Can Attack Placenta, Triggering Stillbirth

COVID Infection Can Attack Placenta, Triggering Stillbirth

Pregnant women who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 are at greater risk for delivering stillborn babies, and new research provides important clues about why.

Unlike other fungal, bacterial or viral infections, which cross over the placenta to affect the fetus, SARS-CoV...

03 Feb
Could a Chewing Gum in Pregnancy Help Prevent Premature Deliveries?

Could a Chewing Gum in Pregnancy Help Prevent Premature Deliveries?

Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for preterm birth, and now new research suggests that chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol during pregnancy may lower this risk.

The...

02 Feb
How the Placenta Shields the Fetus From COVID-19

How the Placenta Shields the Fetus From COVID-19

The placenta was designed by nature to keep baby both nourished and safe. Now, research reveals how it protects the developing fetus from a new foe: The virus that causes COVID-19.

"The

27 Jan
Any Change to Menstrual Cycle After COVID Vaccine Is Minor, Temporary: Studies

Any Change to Menstrual Cycle After COVID Vaccine Is Minor, Temporary: Studies

They've gotten some media headlines recently, but potential menstrual changes associated with getting a COVID vaccine are typically minor and temporary, two new international studies confirm.

That's great news for women, said an expert in fertility and reproductive healt...

26 Jan
More Proof That COVID Vaccines Won't Harm Fertility

More Proof That COVID Vaccines Won't Harm Fertility

COVID-19 vaccines don't affect the outcomes of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study. It's more evidence that the shots won't harm fertility, researchers said.

The results "wil...

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