pregnancy health

How Baked By Melissa Founder Handled Her Gluten Allergy During Pregnancy

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Melissa Ben-Ishay is the President and Chief Product Officer of the New York City-based dessert company Baked by Melissa. When Ben-Ishay was fired from her job in advertising in 2008, she decided to do what she loved—to offer consumers the ultimate dessert experience. With the idea that people should be able to taste more... Read more

Kim Kardashian West Reveals Fear Of Developing Preeclampsia In Second Pregnancy

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For many women, pregnancy is a positive experience, with nothing but glowing things to say about their body changes, baby kicks and unusual food cravings. Some say it’s easier the second time around, when you know what to expect, while others say it’s harder to be pregnant and chase after a toddler. But for Kim Kardashian West,... Read more

Why Half Of Women Skip The Dentist During Pregnancy (And Shouldn't)

You monitor your health closer than ever during pregnancy. You adapt your workout, take your vitamins and skip out on your morning coffee. But what about your oral health? A national survey recently released by Cigna found that 43 percent of pregnant women are skipping out on out dental appointments. The survey also discovered only... Read more

Where Does Your City And State Rank On This Year’s Premature Birth Report Card?

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We already know that major social and economic factors like location, education, ethnicity, diet and health care can all play a role in a baby's life expectancy and general health outlook, but a new report out today highlights just how much these differences play a role in whether babies are born preterm as well. Every year... Read more

Why Dental Health During Pregnancy Matters

You've heard you should stay on top of your dentist appointments while pregnant. But with all your other prenatal checkups, is it really necessary? Definitely. A new study form Delta Dental found that 42.5 percent of pregnant women are skipping out on their dentist appointments, missing opportunities to identify and correct oral problems that occur... Read more

Why Your Preconception Diet Matters

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Focused on maintaining a healthy pregnancy diet? Keep it up! But know that what you eat before you get pregnant matters too -- affecting baby's cancer risk and vulnerability to infection. That's the word from a new study published in Genome Biology. While a child's DNA is passed on from parents, environmental factors -- including diet... Read more

State of the World's Mothers Report: How Does the US Stack Up?

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Every year, Save the Children releases its State of the World's Mothers Report, ranking 179 countries based on maternal and children's health statistics. Where would you expect the US to fall? Somewhere within the top 10? Try 33. Internationally, disparities between care available for the urban rich and the urban poor are Read more

Preventing Preterm Labor With Light Therapy

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Researcher James Olcese, PhD has officially gotten the green light on his solution for preventing preterm labor: light goggles. Olcese, an associate professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, realized that many women go into preterm labor at night, when the brain hormone melatonin is at its peak. So after winning a $35,000... Read more

This Infant Swaddle Will Help Save Lives

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Twenty million babies are born early and underweight each year, and a staggering 3.3 million of these infants die within the first month of childbirth. But the Embrace Warmer, a sleeping-bag type incubator that keeps babies comfortable and temperature-stabilized without using electricity, is hoping to change that and lower infant mortality rates around the world. The... Read more

Exclusive: Bobbie Thomas Gets Real About Being 18 Weeks Pregnant

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Bobbie Thomas, professional girlfriend and author of The Power of Style, shares fashion and beauty advice as the Style Editor for NBC’s TODAY show, including her weekly “Bobbie’s Minute Buzz.” With a unique understanding that beauty comes from the strength within, she has worked tirelessly to promote positive campaigns, instill self-confidence and encourage people... Read more