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Pregnant Women With COVID-19 May Experience Prolonged Symptoms

A quarter of expectant moms had symptoms for 8 weeks or longer, researchers say

Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy Does Not Increase Risk Of Autism Spectrum Disorder In Children.

Researchers say they found no link even with 1st trimester vaccination.

Exercise During Pregnancy May Reduce A Baby's Lifelong Risk Of Serious Illness, New Study Finds.

Researchers say physical activity boosts an important compound found in breast milk.

Will The COVID-19 Lockdown Lead To A New Baby Boom?

Fears over potential pregnancy problems and the recession may postpone family planning, new study finds.

Are C-Section Babies At Higher Risk Of Obesity?

Women born by caesarean-section more likely to face weight problems, new study finds.

Coronavirus and Pregnancy

Are pregnant women at greater risk of getting sick with COVID-19?

Pregnancy And Paraben Exposure

Artificial preservatives used in many consumer products linked to childhood weight problems.

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20 Oct
Most U.S. Women Under 50 Use Contraception: Report

Most U.S. Women Under 50 Use Contraception: Report

Most American women between 15 and 49 years of age use birth control, according to a new U.S. government report.

Between 2017 and 2019, 65% of those women used some form of contraception, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

...

16 Oct
Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Depression Before and After Birth

Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Depression Before and After Birth

Women who suffer severe morning sickness may have higher risk of depression during and after pregnancy, according to a new British study.

It enrolled 214 women in London during the first trimester of pregnancy. Half had severe morning sickness; half did not. None had...

12 Oct
For Many Pregnant Women, COVID-19 Has Prolonged Effect

For Many Pregnant Women, COVID-19 Has Prolonged Effect

COVID-19 symptoms can last a long time in pregnant women, researchers say.

The new study included 594 pregnant women (average age 31) across the United States who tested positive for the new coronavirus but were not hospitalized. Nearly one-third were health care wor...

09 Oct
Women's Reproductive Health Tied to Later Heart Disease

Women's Reproductive Health Tied to Later Heart Disease

Pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and miscarriage, may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease later in life, a new study suggests.

For the study, the researchers analyzed 32 reviews that assessed women of childbearing age and their subsequent r...

02 Oct
Chrissy Teigen's Pregnancy Loss Spotlights a Hidden Source of Grief for Many

Chrissy Teigen's Pregnancy Loss Spotlights a Hidden Source of Grief for Many

Chrissy Teigen's public disclosure of her pregnancy loss is shining new light on a trauma for couples that's too often left in the shadows.

The 34-year-old model, cookbook author and social media star announced the loss of her baby boy via Twitter Thursday. She was t...

29 Sep
Air Pollutants, Metals Are Reaching The Placenta,  Study Finds

Air Pollutants, Metals Are Reaching The Placenta, Study Finds

Metals and other air pollutants have been found in the placentas of new mothers, which means such pollutants may be able to reach the fetus, researchers report.

"Our study for the first time shows that inhaled carbon particulate matter in air pollution travels in the...

21 Sep
1 Woman in 5 With Migraine Avoiding Pregnancy: Study

1 Woman in 5 With Migraine Avoiding Pregnancy: Study

Many women with severe migraines don't want to get pregnant because of concerns about their headaches, a new study finds.

Migraine, one of the world's leading causes of disability, particularly affects women of childbearing age.

Researchers surveyed 607 U.S...

18 Sep
Pregnancy May Delay MS

Pregnancy May Delay MS

Pregnancy can delay the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) by more than three years, researchers report.

The international study found those who'd been pregnant had their first MS symptoms an average of 3.3 years later than those who'd never been pregnant. Having carri...

16 Sep
Pregnant Women With COVID-19 at High Risk for Complications

Pregnant Women With COVID-19 at High Risk for Complications

COVID-19 may hit pregnant women especially hard, U.S. health officials warned in two reports.

In one report, scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge pregnant women and health care providers to be aware of the risks for severe COVID-1...

01 Sep
Mom-to-Be's Flu Shot Doesn't Raise Autism Risk

Mom-to-Be's Flu Shot Doesn't Raise Autism Risk

Pregnant women are understandably worried about everything that goes into their bodies. But here's one worry they can cross off that list: flu shots.

A large, new study has confirmed that an expectant woman's flu shot doesn't increase the risk of autism in her child...

01 Sep
Study Zeroes in on How Zika Virus Is Passed From Mom to Fetus

Study Zeroes in on How Zika Virus Is Passed From Mom to Fetus

New insight into how pregnant women can pass the Zika virus to their fetus could point to ways to prevent it, researchers say.

Babies infected with Zika in the womb can have abnormally small heads (microcephaly) and other birth defects.

In this study, resea...

27 Aug
Texas Mother Transmitted COVID-19 to Unborn Baby: Study

Texas Mother Transmitted COVID-19 to Unborn Baby: Study

A new case study adds to growing evidence that the new coronavirus can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus.

"It's very important to bring to the forefront this finding that mothers and infants can be affected by COVID-19, transmission can occur during p...

25 Aug
There's No Safe Amount of Caffeine in Pregnancy: Report

There's No Safe Amount of Caffeine in Pregnancy: Report

Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant may need to forgo coffee, tea, sodas and other sources of caffeine. A new data analysis finds no safe level of the drug during this time.

"The cumulative scientific evidence supports pregnant women and women contempla...

19 Aug
'Morning Sickness' Doesn't Stick to the A.M., Study Confirms

'Morning Sickness' Doesn't Stick to the A.M., Study Confirms

As many expectant mothers can unhappily attest, the nausea and vomiting known as "morning sickness" can occur at any time of the day.

In a new study, British researchers analyzed diaries kept by 256 women from the day they learned they were expecting until the 60th d...

19 Aug
Antibiotics Might Lower Effectiveness of Birth Control Pill

Antibiotics Might Lower Effectiveness of Birth Control Pill

Doctors have long suspected it, but a comprehensive new study provides more evidence that antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills.

That means women who are using both types of drugs at once should take extra precautions to avoid an unintended ...

18 Aug
Gallbladder Surgery During Pregnancy May Be Safer Than Waiting

Gallbladder Surgery During Pregnancy May Be Safer Than Waiting

For pregnant women experiencing painful gallstones, immediate surgery to remove the infected gallbladder may be better than postponing the operation until after childbirth, a new study suggests.

Acute gallbladder disease is called cholecystitis.

"Current g...

12 Aug
Moms' Obesity May Affect Fetal Brain Development

Moms' Obesity May Affect Fetal Brain Development

Obesity during pregnancy may hinder fetal brain development, a new study suggests.

Development of brain areas involved in decision-making and behavior may be affected as early as the second trimester, New York University researchers said.

For the study, t...

11 Aug
Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Research has shown that pot use during pregnancy may increase the risk of stillborn birth, preterm birth and low birth weight.

Now, a new study adds another danger: children whose mothers used pot while pregnant could be at greater risk for autism.

And the ...

07 Aug
Odds of Pregnancy in IVF Same With Frozen or Fresh Embryos: Study

Odds of Pregnancy in IVF Same With Frozen or Fresh Embryos: Study

Whether a frozen or fresh embryo is transferred during fertility treatments, the odds of pregnancy are roughly the same, according to a new Danish study involving nearly 500 women.

Fresh embryo transfer, however, should still be the gold standard in assisted reprodu...

29 Jul
If Mom-to-Be Lives Near Airport, Odds for Preemie Birth Rise

If Mom-to-Be Lives Near Airport, Odds for Preemie Birth Rise

The roar of jet engines may pose a hidden danger to babies: higher odds of premature birth tied to plane exhaust.

So finds a study showing that pregnant women exposed to high levels of pollution from the exhaust of jet planes are 14% more likely to deliver premat...

17 Jul
Placenta May Help Shield Fetus From COVID-19

Placenta May Help Shield Fetus From COVID-19

Some key molecules used by the new coronavirus to cause infection aren't found in the placenta, which may explain why the virus is rarely detected in fetuses or newborns of women with COVID-19.

U.S. government researchers found that placental membranes lack the messe...

26 Jun
Shorter Storage of Frozen Embryos Tied to Pregnancy Success: Study

Shorter Storage of Frozen Embryos Tied to Pregnancy Success: Study

Vitrification is a safe way to freeze and store embryos during fertility treatment, but the longer embryos are stored, the less likely women are to get pregnant and have a live birth, a new study from China suggests.

In vitrification, embryos are briefly placed in a ...

19 Jun
Pandemic Affecting Mental Health of Pregnant Women, New Moms

Pandemic Affecting Mental Health of Pregnant Women, New Moms

The coronavirus pandemic is adding to the mood issues that many pregnant women and new moms experience, according to a new study.

One in 7 women experience anxiety or depression immediately before or after giving birth -- and researchers say the pandemic has made it ...

18 Jun
Climate Change, Smog Could Mean More Preemie Babies: Study

Climate Change, Smog Could Mean More Preemie Babies: Study

Here's more bad news associated with climate change: Pregnant women exposed to air pollution or heat waves face a greater risk of having a preterm or underweight baby, a new research review finds.

The review, of 68 studies from across the United States, found that th...

11 Jun
When COVID-19 Strikes in Pregnancy, C-Section Tied to Worse Outcomes

When COVID-19 Strikes in Pregnancy, C-Section Tied to Worse Outcomes

Pregnant women with COVID-19 who deliver by cesarean section may be at greater risk for complications that affect them and their babies, new research suggests.

The study focused on 82 women with COVID-19 -- four of them with severe symptoms -- who gave birth in hosp...

10 Jun
A Woman's Egg May Prefer One Man's Sperm Over Another's: Study

A Woman's Egg May Prefer One Man's Sperm Over Another's: Study

People have certain qualities they look for in a mate, and now a new study finds that a woman's eggs may be choosy about sperm, too.

Researchers said the findings offer new insight into human reproduction -- showing that eggs will not accept just any sperm, and actua...

08 Jun
AHA News: Pregnant Women With Heart Defects Don't Always Get This Recommended Test

AHA News: Pregnant Women With Heart Defects Don't Always Get This Recommended Test

Women with heart defects experience far more cardiovascular problems during pregnancy than those without, yet only half get a recommended test to assess their heart health before giving birth, according to new research.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart...

03 Jun
Meds Like Valium, Xanax Linked to Higher Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy

Meds Like Valium, Xanax Linked to Higher Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy

Taking benzodiazepines -- drugs such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Halcion or Ativan -- to treat anxiety or insomnia before pregnancy boosts the risk of an ectopic pregnancy, new research suggests.

Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that develops outside the uterus, typ...

01 Jun
COVID-19 Rates May Be Lower Than Thought for Pregnant Women

COVID-19 Rates May Be Lower Than Thought for Pregnant Women

A new study suggests the rate of COVID-19 among pregnant women without symptoms is much lower than previously reported.

Fewer than 3% of asymptomatic women admitted to three Yale New Haven Health hospitals for labor and delivery during April tested positive for ...

29 May
Placenta's Hidden Mysteries Revealed in MRI Study

Placenta's Hidden Mysteries Revealed in MRI Study

MRI imaging has uncovered key differences in blood flow to the placenta in pregnant women who are healthy and those with preeclampsia.

That could help explain why babies born to mothers with preeclampsia -- dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy -- are oft...

27 May
Clotting Tied to COVID-19 May Harm the Placenta

Clotting Tied to COVID-19 May Harm the Placenta

Women who had COVID-19 while pregnant showed evidence of placental injury, suggesting a new complication of the illness, researchers say.

The good news from the small study of 16 women is that "most of these babies were delivered full-term after otherwise normal preg...

26 May
What Are Your Chances of Having a Second IVF Baby?

What Are Your Chances of Having a Second IVF Baby?

If you've had one baby through fertility treatment, your chances for a second success are good, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 35,000 women in Australia and New Zealand who had a live baby after in vitro fertilization (IVF).

21 May
COVID Can Complicate Pregnancy, Especially If Mom Is Obese

COVID Can Complicate Pregnancy, Especially If Mom Is Obese

Some pregnant women with COVID-19 do become severely ill, and the risk may be elevated for those who were obese or had conditions like asthma before pregnancy, a new study suggests.

As with all things COVID-19, researchers have had limited information on whether preg...

21 May
Lost Pregnancies, Diabetes May Be Linked

Lost Pregnancies, Diabetes May Be Linked

The more pregnancies losses a woman has, the greater her risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests.

Researchers examined data on nearly 25,000 Danish women who were born between 1957 and 1997 and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between 1977 to 2017.

...

15 May
Newborn May Have Contracted Coronavirus in the Womb: Report

Newborn May Have Contracted Coronavirus in the Womb: Report

A Canadian newborn is a "probable" case of infection with the new coronavirus while still in the womb, doctors report.

Other such cases have been suspected and reported in prior studies. But the mother's active case of COVID-19, along with the fact that the baby boy ...

11 May
AHA News: Prenatal Supplement May Increase Blood Pressure at High Doses

AHA News: Prenatal Supplement May Increase Blood Pressure at High Doses

Women who take high-dose folic acid supplements from pre-pregnancy through mid-pregnancy might increase their risk for potentially dangerous high blood pressure, according to new research.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypert...

08 May
Baby Boom After Pandemic Lockdowns? Maybe Not

Baby Boom After Pandemic Lockdowns? Maybe Not

It's happened before: Couples stuck at home during blizzards, hurricanes or other natural disasters enjoy some "alone time" -- and a baby boom follows.

But a new survey from researchers at the University of Florence in Italy suggests the same probably won't unfold du...

04 May
High Blood Pressure May Affect More Pregnant Women Than Thought: Study

High Blood Pressure May Affect More Pregnant Women Than Thought: Study

Twice as many women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy may be at an increased risk for heart and kidney disease than once thought, a new study suggests.

For the study, researchers collected data on more than 9,800 pregnancies among more than 7,500 women i...

01 May
Pregnancy Complications Raise Future Odds of Preterm Birth: Study

Pregnancy Complications Raise Future Odds of Preterm Birth: Study

Even if their first pregnancy results in a full-term baby, women who had complications may be at increased risk of a preterm delivery next time around, researchers say.

Women who deliver full-term babies are generally considered to have a low risk of delivering befor...

30 Apr
AHA News: How Pregnant Woman's High Blood Pressure Can Change Shape of Baby's Heart

AHA News: How Pregnant Woman's High Blood Pressure Can Change Shape of Baby's Heart

Mothers who have high blood pressure are more likely to have babies with slightly different-shaped hearts, a finding that could impact future cardiovascular care for those women and their children, according to a new study.

The research, published Thursday in the J...

14 Apr
At Delivery, Most Pregnant Women With Coronavirus Don't Show Symptoms: Study

At Delivery, Most Pregnant Women With Coronavirus Don't Show Symptoms: Study

A study of pregnant women admitted to two New York City hospitals for delivery in late March and early April found that about 1 in 7 were infected with the new coronavirus and most didn't show symptoms.

Reporting April 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine...

08 Apr
Vaginal Bacteria Could Help Predict Risk of Premature  Birth: Study

Vaginal Bacteria Could Help Predict Risk of Premature Birth: Study

The makeup of bacteria in an expectant mother's vagina may help identify which women are most at risk of giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests.

It also found that pregnant women who deliver early are more likely to have a diverse community of vaginal bacteria....

07 Apr
AHA News: What Pregnant Women With High Blood Pressure Need to Know About COVID-19

AHA News: What Pregnant Women With High Blood Pressure Need to Know About COVID-19

High blood pressure during pregnancy can put mother and baby at risk during normal circumstances. But with the novel coronavirus spreading rapidly, many are wondering how this highly contagious threat may affect them.

The good news is, thus far, nothing researchers ...

06 Apr
Pregnant Women Need to Guard Against Coronavirus

Pregnant Women Need to Guard Against Coronavirus

Pregnant women with COVID-19 may be susceptible to pregnancy complications, an obstetrician-gynecologist says.

Pregnant women have physiologic changes in their chests that may make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, according to Justin Brandt. He'...

03 Apr
Pregnant Women Need to Guard Against Coronavirus

Pregnant Women Need to Guard Against Coronavirus

Pregnant women with COVID-19 may be susceptible to pregnancy complications, an obstetrician-gynecologist says.

Pregnant women have physiologic changes in their chests that may make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, according to Justin Brandt. He'...

20 Mar
Racial, Ethnic Gaps in Insurance Put Moms, Babies at Risk: Study

Racial, Ethnic Gaps in Insurance Put Moms, Babies at Risk: Study

Though they are at a higher risk of childbirth complications and pregnancy-related death, women who are black, Hispanic or indigenous are less likely than white women to be insured, new research shows.

The study revealed that almost half of black, Hispanic and indige...

20 Mar
Eating Fish in Moderation During Pregnancy Benefits Fetus: Study

Eating Fish in Moderation During Pregnancy Benefits Fetus: Study

Advice on eating fish while pregnant has flip-flopped over the years. Now, a new study suggests that the benefit of eating fish in moderation during pregnancy outweighs the risk.

Fish is a major source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for a developing fe...

13 Mar
Expectant Moms: Take Care and Don't Panic About Coronavirus

Expectant Moms: Take Care and Don't Panic About Coronavirus

As coronavirus continues to spread, pregnant women may be especially anxious.

But a University of California, Los Angeles expert says there's no reason to panic.

While expectant mothers are at higher risk for developing complications from some respiratory v...

12 Mar
Depressed Pregnant Women 3 Times More Likely to Turn to Pot

Depressed Pregnant Women 3 Times More Likely to Turn to Pot

Could depression prompt a pregnant woman to use marijuana?

New research suggests it could: Pregnant women with depression are more than three times more likely to use pot than those without depression, a new study finds.

Researchers with the Columbia Univer...

12 Mar
12 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave Benefits Everyone: Study

12 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave Benefits Everyone: Study

The argument against paid maternity leave in the United States often focuses on the cost, but a new study suggests that more paid leave would not only be beneficial for families, but also for society.

In the study, researchers found that new parents with paid medical...

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