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Most First-Time Moms Say Labor Pains Were Manageable

Posted 24 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Many first-time mothers have mistaken ideas about managing the pain of childbirth, a new survey reveals. The survey, commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), included more than 900 U.S. mothers, 73 percent of whom had vaginal births. While many said they had less pain than feared, many went into labor with false ideas about what to expect: 74 ...

More Risk of Complications If Vaginal Birth Follows Prior C-Section: Study

Posted 7 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – The risk of complications during vaginal birth is higher for mothers and infants if the mother previously had a cesarean delivery, a new study reports. However, the researchers stressed that the overall risk of a complication for any one woman in this situation remains low. The new findings about attempted vaginal birth after cesarean are from an analysis of data from ...

AHA: Infections Could Trigger Stroke in Pregnant Women During Delivery

Posted 20 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research. The study, published Friday in the journal Stroke, tried to determine if infections contribute to stroke risk during peripartum, a term meaning shortly before or after ...

Genetic Heart Defects Rarely the Cause of SIDS, Research Shows

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Heart diseases linked to genetic flaws cause far fewer sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases than once thought, a new study finds. In a genetic investigation of 419 SIDS cases, Mayo Clinic researchers found that genetic mutations associated with heart disease accounted for about 5 percent. Previous studies have suggested that such mutations could cause up to 20 ...

There's a Health Dividend for Some Babies Who Look Like Dad

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – Looking like a "chip off the old block" may help improve the health of infants being raised by single mothers, a new study suggests. Why? Because the fathers are more likely to spend time with the babies, the researchers said. The study included 715 single mothers and their babies. Infants who looked like their father at birth were healthier when they were 1 year old. ...

Vaccines Don't Weaken Babies' Immune Systems: Study

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – Another argument used by anti-vaccine groups bites the dust – research shows no evidence that routine shots somehow dampen kids' immune systems. "Some parents are concerned that multiple vaccines in early childhood could damage their child's immune system, making them more susceptible to future infections," said study author Jason Glanz. He is a senior investigator at ...

Do Women Really Need to Starve Themselves During Labor?

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – After hours of grueling labor, mothers-to-be are often thirsty and hungry. But hospital nurses usually restrict them to ice chips. For about 1,200 women in a new study, however, access to food and drink during labor appeared to be safe. Not only were there no additional complications in the food-and-drink patients, but researchers found that women who could only have ...

Babies Face Higher SIDS Risk in Certain States

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of some 3,500 babies in the United States each year, but its toll is far heavier in some states than others, health officials report. "Despite continued updates and refinements to the American Academy of Pediatrics' safe sleep recommendations, declines in [SIDS] have slowed since 1999," said lead researcher Alexa Erck ...

Zika Attacks Placentas of Pregnant Monkeys, Study Finds

Posted 27 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – When Zika infection occurs during pregnancy, the virus may damage the placenta, new research finds. This may explain how the infection causes birth defects. It hasn't been clear how Zika infection can cause birth defects such as microcephaly, a smaller-than-normal head and an underdeveloped brain. So Dr. Antonio Frias, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Oregon Health & ...

Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks. Williams tells the story of her medical ordeal in the latest issue of Vogue, published Wednesday. After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious when she had to have an emergency C-section because ...

Too Many Babies Still Die Needlessly of SIDS, CDC Says

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Many parents still regularly risk their babies' lives as they put them to bed, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Analyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For ...

Childbirth Deaths Declining in U.S., New Report Finds

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 – Improved management of excessive bleeding and high blood pressure during labor and delivery are helping to reduce the number of childbirth-related deaths in the United States, maternal health experts say. A new report, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), reflected initial findings from a national initiative to reduce complications and ...

Don't Let Baby Weight Linger Between Pregnancies

Posted 3 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 – Gaining too much baby weight is an issue for many pregnant women. What's more, if you don't lose those pounds, they could pose a problem during your next pregnancy, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers looked at nearly 8,000 women who had babies two years apart and found that those who didn't get back to their pre-pregnancy ...

Is Air Pollution a Threat to a Fetus?

Posted 11 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 – Women who are exposed to air pollution right before or after they become pregnant may be more likely to have a baby with birth defects, new research suggests. The increased risk is modest, but scientists say their findings warrant more investigation since all pregnant women are exposed to some level of pollution. "The most susceptible time of exposure appears to be the ...

Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – People who were born prematurely may have smaller-than-normal airways in adulthood, which can cause respiratory problems, researchers say. Premature birth is associated with poorer heart and lung function, but the reasons why have not been fully understood. In a new study, investigators compared adults who were born eight weeks or more early with people who were born at ...

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