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Passive smoking is associated with earlier delivery and lower birth weight

It has been known for more than 50 years that a mother who smokes whilst pregnant is more likely to give birth ...

Critical gaps in antenatal care identified in cases of term stillbirths

Expert enquiry identifies key steps for hospitals to improve care for pregnant mums and babies ... Full story

Laboratory study: Scientists from Cologne explore a new approach to prevent newborn epilepsies

New studies in mice show that disease prevention can be a matter of proper timing. ... Full story

Moderate Amounts of Caffeine During Pregnancy Do Not Harm Baby’s IQ and Does Not Cause Behavioral Problems, Obesity

Women drinking and eating moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy should be reassured that they are not harming their child’s intelligence, according to a study from The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital that was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The research, one of the first studies to focus on how in utero caffeine exposure affects a child’s future intelligence (IQ) and behavior later in childhood, found caffeine did not lead to a reduced IQ or increased behavioral problems. ... Full story

Brain Disorder May Increase Miscarriage and Preeclampsia Risk in Pregnancy

MINNEAPOLIS – Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, a disease often confused for multiple sclerosis, may increase a woman’s risk for miscarriage and preeclampsia during pregnancy, according to a study published in the November 18, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ... Full story

UC helping mums-to-be avoid eating for two

Managing weight gain during pregnancy is important for expectant mums and University of Canberra researchers hope a new app may help them. ... Full story

Stretch mark science: What happens to your skin when pregnancy gives you a stretch mark?

Most topical treatments currently available are not evidence-based. ... Full story

New Featured Study in Women’s Health Issues: Long-acting Reversible Contraception in the Postpartum Period

WASHINGTON, DC — Two-thirds of North Carolina women who wanted to begin using an intrauterine device or contraceptive implant after giving birth had not received it at six weeks postpartum, often because they were told that they needed to schedule a separate office visit for insertion. These are among the findings from the Editor’s Choice study in the latest issue of the journal Women’s Health Issues, “Barriers to Receiving Long-acting Reversible Contraception in the Postpartum Period.” Women’s Health Issues is the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, which is based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. ... Full story

New Technique Could Expand Number of Diseases Detected by Noninvasive Prenatal Testing

High-throughput gene sequencing platform identifies small chromosomal abnormalities not typically detected by conventional tests ... Full story

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