pregnancy health

Mom Gives Birth to 15 Pound Baby – Wow!

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Ouch! A California mom gave birth to one of the largest babies born in the US in 2014. Andrew Jacob, born to Vanessa Cervantez, weighed in at 15 pounds, 2 ounces and was 24 inches long. I know what you're thinking and yes, he was delivered via emergency c-section at Desert Valley Hospital... Read more

Whoa! 1 in 5 Pregnant Women Smokes — How It Affects Baby

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Today the March of Dimes is celebrating 50 years of progress in the fight against smoking during pregnancy. In a new report released by the Surgeon General, the organization confirms that babies born to smokers will have a cleft lip and a cleft palate. The report, titled, "The Health Consequences of Smoking --... Read more

Drew Barrymore Says She’s Bigger This Pregnancy — but She Doesn’t Care

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I thought Drew Barrymore and I had reached the peak of our relationship when the two-time mama-to-be starred in "Never Been Kissed" but hell, Drew's gone and done it again. This time, the starlet is dishing on her pregnancy weight gain (and those cravings!) the second time around -- and why she doesn't give a flying foo... Read more

Bumpie Buzz: ‘Jersey Shore’ Star Reveals How She Deals With Awful Morning Sickness

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5 Easy-to-Do Exercises You’ll Actually Want to Try

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Need a quick energy boost?This short circuit of five exercises is a great way to rev up your metabolism and get a full body workout in a few minutes (because, let's face it, all you really have most days is just that: five minutes). The low-impact version of each exercise is appropriate for beginners and... Read more

Why Doctors Are So Worried About Birth Complications for IVF Babies

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New research released by the University of Adelaide found that the risk of serious complications at birth (such as stillbirth, preterm delivery, low birth weight and neonatal death) are twice as likely for babies conceived through assisted reproductive methods (like IVF and ICSI). For the study, researchers in Australia compared the outcomes of... Read more

Scientists Are One Step Closer to Finding the Cause of Preterm Labor

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In new research published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers found that the reason a woman's water breaks too soon (resulting in preterm labor) may be due to bacteriaLed by the Duke University School of Medicine, the study authors suggest that a certain bacteria found in moms-to-be may lead to a thinning of... Read more

Soon-to-Be Grandma’s Gift to Daughter Is the Ultimate Labor of Love

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Ready for a story that will blow the lid of your Emotion-o-Meter? In Utah, a soon to-be grandma is planning to give birth to her granddaughter. Yep, you read that right, but for reiteration's sake, I'll repeat: A soon-to-be grandmother is planning to give birth to her granddaughter. Julia Navarro is the gestational... Read more

What a Home Birth Really Looks Like

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The beauty of birth (like, physically pushing a baby out of the womb and into the world) is something that most women wait to experience first hand. Now, thanks to modern technology, we don't have to wait until our time comes to see just how incredible the moments leading up to baby's first cries truly... Read more

Vitamin D During Pregnancy Strengthens Baby’s Muscles

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If this isn't the best reason ever to pack up and head somewhere tropical than I just don't know what is. New research says that kids are likely to have stronger muscles if their moms had higher levels of vitamin D during their pregnancies. So clear your schedules for some fun... Read more