Pregnancy in the News

Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others

02/25/2015 - Study finds gestational diabetes less likely, but smaller infants more common

Sound of Mother's Voice in Womb May Aid Fetal Brain Growth

02/23/2015 - Study of preemies who heard recordings from mom showed larger auditory cortex

Plastics Chemical Tied to Changes in Boys' Reproductive Development

02/19/2015 - Study links exposure in womb to condition that may increase later infertility risk

Smoking During Pregnancy May Raise Diabetes Risk for Daughters: Study

02/16/2015 - Being lean did not protect against blood sugar disease, researcher notes

Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics

02/11/2015 - Canadian study points to jump in prescription painkiller abuse in explaining trend

Preterm Delivery Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk in Mothers

02/10/2015 - But study didn't prove cause-and-effect relationship

Sexual Pain Common After Childbirth, Study Finds

02/05/2015 - C-section and certain assisted vaginal births linked to more long-term problems

Modern Birth Control Methods Could Avoid 15 Million Unwanted Pregnancies: Report

02/04/2015 - Study of 35 nations shows underuse of current contraception options

Timing of Kidney Transplants Doesn't Affect Pregnancy Chances

02/02/2015 - Study finds results were similar for women who received organ whether as a child or an adult

Certain Genes in Babies May Up Preterm Birth Risk

02/02/2015 - Mother's genes don't appear linked to premature delivery, study suggests

Health Tip: Managing Swelling During Pregnancy

02/02/2015 - Suggestions to help you stay more comfortable

Flame Retardants May Raise Risk of Preterm Births, Study Finds

01/30/2015 - Women with higher blood levels of common chemicals were more likely to deliver early

Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?

01/28/2015 - Controlling blood pressure doesn't seem to affect baby, but may prevent problems for mom

It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking

01/28/2015 - More than twice as many quit when offered financial incentives, study says

A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth

01/27/2015 - As 'national ambassador' for March of Dimes this year, Elijah Jackson and his family will help raise awareness of issue

Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC

01/22/2015 - If they become pregnant, birth defects and preterm birth are possible risks

More Extreme Preemies Are Surviving, Study Finds

01/21/2015 - But 25 percent still die, pointing to need for better pregnancy interventions, doctors say

Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury's Harms?

01/21/2015 - No developmental problems seen in kids of frequent seafood eaters from Seychelles islands, study says

Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC

01/15/2015 - Experts cite mandatory fortification of grain products with folic acid, but not enough women get the B vitamin

Health Tip: What to Avoid During Pregnancy

01/13/2015 - Things to stay away from

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If you are pregnant or have a heavy menstrual period, you may need an iron supplement. A 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women moderately deficient in iron had difficulties with memory and learning, but that an iron supplement resolved the problems. Pregnancy and heavy periods are two causes of iron deficiency.