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Mar, 2018

Despite Known Dangers, Women Still Smoke During Pregnancy

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Maternal tobacco use during pregnancy has been linked to a variety of negative infant and child outcomes, including low birth weight, preterm birth, and various birth defects, according to the CDC. That's why when the agency's National Center for…

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Mar, 2018

Mothers in early 30s have lowest premature birth risk, study finds

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Women in their early thirties have a 1% chance of early birth, with the risk rising to 1.2% for those over 40, analysis shows. Mothers in their early 30s have the lowest chance of having a premature baby, new research has found, with the risk rising significantly once the mother passes 40. Records of more than 165,000 pregnant women were analysed, showing that the likelihood of having a baby more…

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Feb, 2018

When Pollution Threatens the Health of the Baby on the Way

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Expectant mothers as well as women trying to get pregnant, and their partners, already have a lot to think about. Experts recommend doing everything possible to be in optimal health, from exercising to eating right, as well as taking a folic acid supplement to reduce the risk of birth defects like spina bifida. But one widespread threat to the health of the child that research is still sorting out – and which…

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Feb, 2018

Study accurately estimates prevalence of FASD in the United States

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found a significant number of children across four regions in the United States were determined to have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The new findings may represent more accurate prevalence estimates of FASD among the general population than prior research. The study is published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. More than 6,000 first-graders in the Pacific…

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Relationship factors impact young adults' decisions related to contraceptive use

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Feb, 2018

Relationship factors impact young adults’ decisions related to contraceptive use

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The dynamics of a couple's relationship, including the exclusivity of the partnership, the level of commitment to the partnership and participation in sexual decision-making with their partner, impact young adults' decisions related to contraceptive use, new research from Oregon…

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Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could result in birth of obese children

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Feb, 2018

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could result in birth of obese children

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Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women could pre-program babies to grow into obese children and adults, according to a Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study. Researchers found that 6-year-olds born to mothers with very low vitamin D levels during their first trimester had bigger waists - about half an inch plumper on average - than peers whose mothers had enough vitamin D in early pregnancy. These kids also had…

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Probiotic Milk May Help Reduce the Risk of Pregnancy Complications

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Feb, 2018

Probiotic Milk May Help Reduce the Risk of Pregnancy Complications

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Drinking probiotic-rich milk during pregnancy may decrease a woman's risk of developing two pregnancy-related problems, a new study from Norway suggests. But the stage of pregnancy in which a woman consumes these probiotic-rich beverages appears to play a role.…

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Feb, 2018

Marijuana use does not lower your chances of getting pregnant

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New York: Marijuana use - by either men or women - does not lower a couple’s chances of becoming a parent, finds a study challenging previous theories. While marijuana is one of the most widely used recreational drugs among individuals of reproductive age, it has also long been promoted as an effective treatment for a range of medical conditions, including epilepsy and chronic pain. Previous studies have also shown that marijuana…

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