Tag: Pregnant Women

Older Mothers More At Risk Of Cesarean Section Complications

Cesarean delivery or C-section poses a risk of complications both for the mother and the baby. A new study revealed that maternal age is linked to a higher risk of complications.

Public Health April 13, 2019

New Guidelines Want Doctors To Screen Adults For Unhealthy Alcohol Use

The USPSTF recommended that adults above the age of 18 should have 'drinking checkups' whenever they visit their doctors. Patients who go above the daily and weekly recommended limit will be given brief counseling to aid in reducing their alcohol intake.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 14, 2018

New Study Suggests That A Woman's Voice Becomes 'Deeper' After Giving Birth To Her First Child

A team of researchers has discovered that women, who have just given birth to their first child, experience voice change. The team noted that this is only a temporary effect that lasts for about a year.

Public Health May 30, 2018

Ob-Gyns Recommend New Guidelines For Fourth Trimester Postpartum Care For Moms

The American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released its revised Committee Opinion detailing new recommendations on how mothers should receive and seek postpartum care during the critical fourth trimester.

Public Health April 24, 2018

Pregnant Women Who Exercise Might Have Shorter Labor, Says New Study

Exercising during pregnancy might lead to shorter labor periods when it’s time to give birth. However, pregnant women should take cautionary steps before engaging in strenuous physical activity.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 24, 2018

1 In 14 Women In The US Smokes While Pregnant: CDC

West Virginia has the highest rate of women who smoked while they were pregnant. Babies born to women who smoked during pregnancy are at higher risk for birth defects.

Public Health February 28, 2018

Pregnant Women Should Sleep On Side To Lower Stillbirth Risk

There’s an easy way to decrease the risk of stillbirth, according to a new study. Apparently, women must sleep on their side instead of their backs to avoid increased risks of stillbirth.

Medicine November 20, 2017

Can Pregnant Women Drink Low Amounts Of Alcohol? Maybe, But Maybe Not

Researchers aim to determine whether or not light drinking is safe for pregnant women, including how much is fine. However, the consensus is still to avoid alcohol completely during pregnancy.

Healthy Living/Wellness September 13, 2017

Here's How Pregnant Women Can Avoid C-Section Birth According To Analysis Of 36 Studies

C-section birth comes with a number of unwanted consequences for the mother and child. Here's how pregnant women can avoid it and up their chances for normal delivery, according to science.

Public Health July 21, 2017

India Government Advises Pregnant Women To Avoid Meat And Lustful Thoughts

Women in India are advised to avoid eating meat and engage in lustful thoughts during pregnancy. Doctors raised concern over the advice because of the danger it poses to pregnant women and their babies.

Feature | Health June 20, 2017

US States Ramp Up Efforts To Fight Zika, Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses As Warm Weather Approaches

As warm weather makes its way to the United States, the threat of Zika virus is revived anew, and states are gearing up for battle. Various states, for instance, are now acting against the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Public Health May 2, 2017

Some Antibiotics Linked To Increased Miscarriage Risk In Early Pregnancy

Certain antibiotics may raise miscarriage risk when taken by women in the early stage of pregnancy. Which antibiotics are safe and which may possibly cause pregnancy loss?

Public Health May 1, 2017

Cheese With Listeria Linked To 2 Deaths: What You Should Know About Listeria

A multi-state Listeria outbreak has been detected by health officials and they are reportedly looking into the issue. This bacterium has already caused two deaths and has resulted in hospitalization of four more individuals.

Public Health March 12, 2017

Zika Tests Repeated Due To US Lab Mistakes, Two Pregnant Women Confirmed Infected

A public health lab in Washington D.C. has made mistakes while testing for the Zika virus in over 400 people. The CDC has retested all the samples, which confirms two pregnant women were infected.

Public Health February 17, 2017

Exposure To Secondhand Smoke During Childhood Increases Pregnant Women's Miscarriage Risk

Pregnant women who were exposed to secondhand smoke as a child have increased risk of losing their pregnancy. What are other factors that can raise miscarriage risk?

Public Health January 12, 2017

New Antibody Protects Pregnant Women, Fetuses Against Zika Virus

Researchers in the United States have identified a human antibody that can potentially protect pregnant women and their fetus from Zika virus infection. Experts hope the antiviral can lead to development of effective treatments.

Medicine November 8, 2016

Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: Nausea And Vomiting Linked To Lower Miscarriage Risk

Pregnant women with history of pregnancy loss who endured morning sickness are less likely to have miscarriage. Why do expecting mothers experience nausea and vomiting?

Public Health September 26, 2016

Is It Safe To Get A MRI When Pregnant? Study Says No Increased Risk In First Trimester

Researchers found that there are no increased health risks for the mother or baby when women are given a standard MRI in the first trimester; however, MRIs with contrast may increase the risk for stillbirths and other complications.

Healthy Living/Wellness September 7, 2016

This Mom-Created Emoji App Lets Women Express What Motherhood Is Really Like

EmojiMom is the emoji keyboard app for iOS that allows women to better express to their friends and family what pregnancy and motherhood is really like.

Life & Style August 8, 2016

Half Of US Women Are Overweight Before Getting Pregnant

CDC researchers reported that more than half of women are overweight or obese prior to becoming pregnant. Unhealthy weight poses threats of health complications to pregnant women.

Public Health August 5, 2016

Too Much Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 During Pregnancy May Up Autism Risk In Children

Pregnant women with excessive amounts of folate and vitamin B12 are likely to give birth to a child with autism. Should women stop taking supplements?

Public Health May 11, 2016

Expectant, New Moms Suffer Increasing Amount Of Unfair Treatment At Work: Citizens Advice

Pregnant women and new moms continue to suffer an increasing amount of unfair treatment at work, a report by Citizens Advice revealed. This suggests that pregnancy discrimination is still prevalent.

Public Health May 2, 2016

FDA Approves Adding Folic Acid To Corn Masa Flour To Prevent Birth Defects

Folic acid is an important vitamin for pregnant women. The FDA has approved to add folic acid to corn masa flour to prevent neural birth defects particularly among Hispanic and Latino babies.

Life April 18, 2016

Eating Salmon During Pregnancy May Protect Baby From Asthma

A recent study has linked the intake of salmon during pregnancy to reduced risks of asthma in offspring.

Life April 9, 2016

FDA Takes Initial Steps To Lower Inorganic Arsenic In Infant Rice Cereal: What Pregnant Women And Moms Should Know

Babies eat thrice more rice than the average adult, so food safety is an important matter. With that, the FDA is taking steps to limit the levels of a potentially harmful component found in infant rice cereal.

Life April 3, 2016

Coffee And Pregnancy: Couple's High Caffeine Intake Linked To Higher Miscarriage Risk

Consuming too much coffee or tea prior to and during the early weeks of pregnancy may increase miscarriage risk. Women whose partners drink too much caffeinated drinks are also more likely to miscarry.

Life March 25, 2016

Stress During Pregnancy May Lead To Babies With Low Birth Weight

Stress during pregnancy may result in having babies with low birth weight. Stress hormone cortisol plays a role and because of this, experts advise women trying to become pregnant to manage stress and have a healthy lifestyle.

Life March 21, 2016

WHO: Pregnant Women Should Not Travel To Areas Of Ongoing Zika Virus Outbreaks

The World Health Organization advised pregnant women to stay away from Zika-affected areas. The recommendation is part of the second meeting of an Emergency Committee, which discovered more and more reports linking Zika virus and serious complications.

Life March 9, 2016

Inducing Labor Does Not Raise Cesarean Delivery Risk In Older Women

Inducing labor among older pregnant women does not affect the risk of Cesarean section delivery. A new study has found that there are no differences in outcomes among women induced to have labor and those who underwent regular prenatal care.

Life March 3, 2016

Pregnant Women Advised Not To Travel To 2016 Olympic Games In Brazil

In a statement, the CDC explicitly warns pregnant women against traveling to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil out of Zika outbreak concerns. A few athletes have also expressed worry, although it remains to be seen if the virus will deter them from joining the games.

Life February 28, 2016

Three Pregnant Women In Florida Diagnosed With Zika Virus

Florida confirmed three pregnant women who tested positive for Zika virus. The cases were all travel-associated, but the state will continue to heighten its antibody testing measures.

Life February 24, 2016

Review Recommends Giving Pregnant Women Budget To Spend On Birth Of Choice

A new maternity review proposed that pregnant women in the United Kingdom receive an NHS budget that would allow them to choose how and where they give birth. The plan is similar to personal health budgets for people with long-term conditions.

Life February 23, 2016

Delaying Pregnancy Linked To Increased Risk For Heart Attack, Stroke

Being pregnant at an older age is associated with different risks. Now, a new study found that women who delay pregnancy until they are in their 40s are at an increased risk of stroke and heart attacks.

Life February 18, 2016

Planning To Get Pregnant? Here's What You Should Know About Zika Virus

Pregnant women are the ones most affected by the new Zika virus outbreak that has ravaged the Americas in the past few months. Health officials urged pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant to practice abundance of precaution.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 15, 2016

Pregnant Women Can Safely Eat Runny Eggs: Report

The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) said that runny or slightly-cooked eggs are safe for expectant mothers.

Life February 1, 2016

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Do Not Raise Risks For Congenital Heart Defects In Babies

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy has long been feared to cause side effects. A University College London study, however, found that the medication does not significantly raise risks of pregnant women having babies born with heart defects.

Life January 29, 2016

This New App Can Help Predict Risk Of Premature Birth In Pregnant Women

King's College London researchers developed QUiPP to help doctors identify women at risk of giving birth prematurely. The free app can reduce the number of complications and deaths linked to premature birth.

Life January 18, 2016

Zika Virus: Why Pregnant Women Should Listen To CDC Travel Alert

The CDC issued a travel advisory against 14 Caribbean and Latin American countries and territories affected by the Zika virus outbreak. Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to these areas as they and their unborn child are at high risk.

Life January 18, 2016

Couples Should Ideally Conceive Three Months After Miscarriage: Study

Researchers found there is no physiologic indication affecting the postponing of pregnancy post-miscarriage. Women who tried conceiving again after an early loss had higher chances of pregnancies, leading to live birth compared to those who waited longer.

Life January 17, 2016

Blood Test NIPT Recommended For Women At High Risk Of Having Babies With Down, Patau Or Edwards' Syndromes

A new blood test that can detect Down syndrome was recommended to the NHS. The new screening is non-invasive and may also detect if the child of a high-risk pregnant woman has Patau and Edwards' syndromes.

Life January 16, 2016

Basic Checks On Pregnant Women's Mental Health May Help Prevent Suicide

A new report in the United Kingdom revealed that post-partum and antenatal suicides could be avoided by better standards of prenatal care and basic checks on women’s mental health. However, researchers said the lack of resources hinder better health care.

Life December 9, 2015

Nearly Half Of Pregnant Women In The US Gain Too Much Weight

Women are expected to gain weight during pregnancy but only to a certain extent based on their pre-pregnancy body mass index. In a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of American pregnant women exhibited excessive weight gain.

Life November 10, 2015

47-Year-Old Massachusetts Woman Gives Birth To Baby Girl, Did Not Know She Was Pregnant

A woman from Massachusetts was not aware she was pregnant until she went to the hospital because of severe abdominal pain. She gave birth to a baby girl one hour later.

Life November 7, 2015

Pregnant Women Urged To Exercise To Avoid Depression

A UK study found pregnant women who reported symptoms of depression tend to sit down for long periods. The researchers suggested exercise as an effective way to avoid depression and prevent complications associated with sedentary behavior during pregnancy.

Life November 7, 2015

Unhealthy Weight During Pregnancy Ups Obesity Risk In Women

A new study revealed that excessive weight gain during pregnancy elevates the risks for obesity in women. Researchers from Columbia University examined data from multi-ethnic mothers and monitored their weight seven years after delivery.

Life October 24, 2015

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