Pregnancy Tips From Women’s HealthFirst

Panel Advises Pregnant Women To Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

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October 29, 2012

After a frightening resurgence of whooping cough this year, an expert panel is urging expecting mothers to get a shot preventing the dreaded childhood disease, preferably in the last three months of her pregnancy to help protect her baby. The advice comes on the heels of one of the nation's worst years for whooping cough ... read more


Study: Mercury Exposure In Womb Linked To ADHD Symptoms In Children

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October 17, 2012

With attention deficit hyperactivity attention disorder (ADHD) on the rise in the United States, researchers are searching for possible explanations for the uptick, including fetal exposure to certain toxins such as lead, tobacco, pesticides, and chemicals like PCBs. The latest suspect is mercury, a metal that affects the central nervous system, which investigators believe may ... read more


Study Shows Parents Can Let Babies Cry It Out At Bedtime Without Risk Of Harm

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September 27, 2012

Sleep-training a crying baby isn't easy, and few parenting decisions are as difficult and controversial as the choice parents make about how to get their babies to fall--and stay--asleep. However, a new study suggesting there are no long-term emotional or psychological conseqences linked to two popular sleep training methods may have parents resting a bit ... read more


New Study Shows Standing Long Hours During Pregnancy May Slow Baby's Growth

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August 16, 2012

With increasing numbers of women joining the workforce in general, it is no surprise that the number of women working during pregnancy has also risen sharply. However, a new study from the Netherlands cautions that standing and working long hours during a mother's pregancy may slow her baby's growth. According to the study, women who ... read more


New Study Finds Depression During Pregnancy Linked To Premature Births

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July 26, 2012

Women who have depression symptoms during pregnancy may be more likely to deliver prematurely, a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology finds. Researchers found that of more than 14,000 pregnant women, those who screened positive for possible clinical depression had an increased chance of preterm birth, with 14 percent delivering ... read more


New CDC Study Finds 1 In 13 Pregnant Women Consume Alcohol

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July 25, 2012

Despite repeated warnings from healthcare professionals about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy, a new study reveals that as many as 1 in 13 pregnant women, or about 8 percent of expectant mothers, consume alcohol. The study, published in the July 20 issue of the CDC's journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, finds that 51.5% ... read more


New Study Finds Only A Third Of U.S. Moms Who Plan To Breast-Feed Meet Goals

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July 19, 2012

While most American women plan on breast-feeding their newborns, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that fewer than one-third of those who planned to exclusively breast-feed for three months or more met that goal. The biggest factor in whether or not a woman met her breast feeding goal seemed to be whether ... read more


Study Says Diet During Pregnancy Is Safe, Reduces Risk Of Complications

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May 28, 2012

A new study published in the May 18 issue of the British Medical Journal finds that it is not only safe for a pregnant woman to go on a diet, but it can even be benficial and reduce the risk of dangerous complications. The study, which analyzed 44 relevant studies comprised of more than 7,200 women, ... read more


Low Vitamin D Levels In Pregnancy Linked To Language Problems In Children

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April 12, 2012

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that women with low levels of vitamin D in their blood during pregnancy increase their odds of having a child with language problems. Of the 743 pregnant women who participated in the study, those with the lowest amounts of vitamin D in their blood during their ... read more


Flu Shots During Pregnancy May Be Beneficial To Babies

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February 22, 2012

According to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), vaccinating pregnant women against the influenza virus appears to have a significant positive effect on birth weight in babies. The study, part of the Mother'sGift project on the safety and effectiveness of pneumococcal and influenza vaccines in pregnant women, examined 340 healthy ... read more