Pregnancy in the News

Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital Development

10/29/2014 - Link between phthalates and possible defect needs more study, researcher says

More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports

10/27/2014 - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may affect about 5 percent of U.S. children

Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight Later

10/23/2014 - Girls' risk of being overweight may be more than tripled, study finds

Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section, Study Finds

10/23/2014 - But cesarean rates vary widely across the country

Fertility Treatments Aren't Significantly Linked to Birth Defects

10/22/2014 - Expectant parents can be reassured by findings, researchers say

Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper

10/22/2014 - Fertilization occurs in the vagina, instead of petri dish, researchers say

Health Tip: Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy

10/20/2014 - Reasons include having to go more often

Peak Pain Level Main Factor in Negative Childbirth Memories: Study

10/17/2014 - Length of labor didn't seem to influence recollections of pain, researchers found

Risks From Epidural, Spinal Anesthesia Very Low, Study Says

10/14/2014 - Less than 1 percent of patients experienced dreaded headache

Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful?

10/14/2014 - Study finds women with higher levels needed less medication

Fried Foods Linked to Raised Risk of Diabetes in Pregnancy

10/09/2014 - Seven or more weekly portions of greasy fare may double odds, researchers say

Rely on Mom-to-Be When Epidural Is Needed

10/09/2014 - Early use likely won't lead to delivery complications, review of previous studies finds

Health Tip: Reducing the Risk of Premature Delivery

10/06/2014 - Don't drink alcohol or smoke

Drinking Water Contaminant Linked to Pregnancy Complications in Study

10/03/2014 - Women who were exposed had higher rates of stillbirth, placenta problems, researchers say

Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study

10/03/2014 - Colitis therapy tied to 4 cases of low white blood cell count in newborns, but some docs question the finding

Cancer Treatments in Pregnancy Safe for Offspring, Small Studies Find

10/02/2014 - Chemo, radiation given after first trimester did not raise health risks for children

Free, Long-Acting Contraceptives May Greatly Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate

10/01/2014 - Study findings also showed abortion rate was three-quarters lower than the national norm in this age group

Healthy Lifestyle Before Pregnancy May Cut Gestational Diabetes Risk

10/01/2014 - Factors that appear to lower odds include healthy weight, exercise and no smoking

Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

09/30/2014 - But authors, expert stressed that couples shouldn't base family planning on this finding

Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study

09/30/2014 - Research found initial impact was most pronounced among women in their 20s, and lasted until they were in their 40s

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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.