pregnancy health

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

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