pregnancy health

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

Try to Relax! Fear of Childbirth Increases Risk of Postpartum Depression

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According to new research published in the BMJ Open, researchers from Finland found that women worried about childbirth are at an increased risk for postpartum depression.In a study that included more than 500,000 moms, researchers found that women with a history of depression are at the highest risk of postpartum depression (three times... read more

Taking These Antidepressants Won’t Cause Autism in Baby — but They Will Raise His Risk

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A newly released study from Denmark found that women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression or anxiety do not cause autism in their babies-to-be. But that doesn't mean taking them won't raise baby's risk. While the study, which was published journal Clinical Epidemiology, found that these drugs... read more

2013 Bumpie Best: Most Controversial Pregnancy News

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Welcome to our 2013 Bumpie Best countdown! We’re highlighting the most talked about, most stylish and most amazing new mom, pregnancy and fertility moments that have taken place over the past year. Wondering which celeb mama we most admired in 2013? Or which nursery trend was most loved by moms-to-be? Stay tuned, y’all! We’re rolling though the... read more

Dangerous Effects on Babies and Moms-to-Be Have Doctors Saying ‘No’ to Raw Milk

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A new statement just realized from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that even though moms and moms-to-be have been led to believe that raw milk is healthier and more nutritious -- it's actually not. Behind author Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, researchers found that between 1998 to 2009, more than 93 cases of... read more

What I Wish Every Mother Knew

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This is a guest post written by Dr. Winifred Soufi, a mom and OB/GYN. Don’t skip meals! Be well rested! Stay hydrated! Alleviate stress! Sound familiar? Most mothers-to-be are aware of these common recommendations, but I wish every mother knew a few other less frequently discussed tips regarding the health and safety of their baby, which... read more