pregnancy health

New Moms Are at Risk for a Scary Condition: Symptoms to Watch For

New research found that moms are at a higher risk for blood clots up to 12 weeks after delivery. The study, presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference, more than doubles the amount of time that mothers were thought to be in danger of the life-threatening postpartum condition. Typical medical opinion... Read more

Brand New ‘Maternity Goggles’ Could Prevent Preterm Labor

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Turns out all you need to ward off preterm labor is a pair of good ole' goggles -- at least that's what a Florida State University researcher believes. According to James Olcese, these light-emitting devices that intermittently flash a blue light at a sleeping pregnant woman could cause a drop in the brain... Read more

Study Says an Epidural Could Make Your Labor Last Longer

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Considering an epidural during delivery? You might want to read this first. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found that some women who get an epidural during pregnancy take more than two hours longer to deliver than women who deliver without the shot. Led by Dr. Yvonne Cheng, researchers compared data... Read more

‘Ghost White’ Baby Born Without Blood — Read Her Incredible Story

Jennifer Juarez had a picture-perfect pregnancy: no morning sickness, no aches and pains, no cravings. Her baby girl-on-board was energetic, kicking her mama often, until one day, at 37 weeks, when she suddenly stopped. That same day, when the kicking stopped, her daughter, Hope, was delivered. She was three weeks early and ghost... Read more

What You Need to Know Before You Schedule Those Prenatal Tests

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On Thursday, February 6th, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine will hold its annual meeting known as The Pregnancy Meeting, researchers from around the world to share the latest news, studies and research in the name of maternal-free medicine. One thing they'll be sure to share? The fact that noninvasive prenatal testing detected 83.2 percent of... Read more

8 Easy, Feel-Good Yoga Moves for Expecting and New Moms

Yoga is a great form of exercise during and after pregnancy. It can help you to stretch, strengthen, become more aware of your body and connect with your breathing. Try this simple yoga flow to strengthen and tone all the major muscle groups, including the core! The complete flow will take you about... Read more

Moms-to-Be Need Vitamin D More Than Ever During Their First Trimester

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New research revealed just how important ample vitamin D is for mom's health during her pregnancy. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found that women who are deficient in vitamin D in the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy may be at heightened risk of developing severe preeclampsia.... Read more

Could a Glass of Wine During Pregnancy Make Baby Smarter?

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Should you skip the booze? Apparently not. A new study found that expectant moms who drink moderately during their pregnancies give birth to babies with better mental health when compared to moms who refrain from drinking. But, interestingly enough, even the author of the latest study believes that just because the findings show... Read more

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