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Moms Who Smoked as Teens More Likely to Deliver Smaller Babies

Posted 7 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 – A woman's risk of having a baby with a low birth weight is higher if she starts smoking in her teens, a new study suggests. That's because women who start smoking as teens are far more likely to smoke during pregnancy, which increases the risk of having a smaller baby. In turn, babies who have low birth weights are more likely to have physical and mental problems later in ...

Too Little Fish for Mom Linked to Higher Preemie Birth Risk

Posted 3 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 – If you love fish and you're pregnant, new research suggests eating lots of it might help you avoid delivering your baby too soon. The researchers found that women who had the lowest levels of fatty acids from fish during their first and second trimester were 10 times more likely to have a preterm birth than women who had the highest levels of those fatty acids. Study ...

Better Sleep During Pregnancy May Cut Odds of Preemie Birth

Posted 3 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 – People often urge moms-to-be to get plenty of sleep before the baby comes. Now, researchers report that good sleep during pregnancy might also lower the risk of premature delivery. The review of published studies provides important information for pregnant women and their doctors, said lead researcher Jane Warland, an associate professor at the University of South ...

Many Young Kids Not Screened for Developmental Delays

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 – Doctors are supposed to screen young children to see if they're learning basic skills. But only 17 percent of kids get this critical testing in some places in the United States, a new study finds. Overall, fewer than one-third of U.S. children under 3 years old receive recommended screening for developmental problems, said researchers at John Hopkins University in ...

Mom's Voice: The Sleep Secret for Babies in Intensive Care

Posted 18 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 – The soothing sound of their mother's voice may help improve sleep for babies in hospital neonatal intensive care units, researchers say. This section of the hospital, called the NICU, provides around-the-clock care to sick or premature babies. But the hospital environment can hinder newborns' ability to have normal sleep, said study lead author Dr. Renee Shellhaas. "Even ...

Blood Test Might Predict Preterm Birth

Posted 7 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – Researchers have developed a blood test that can predict a pregnant woman's risk of preterm delivery with up to 80 percent accuracy. The test is not ready for prime time, stressed senior researcher Stephen Quake, a professor at Stanford University in California. It still has to be validated in larger studies of more diverse groups of women, he said. "In this study, we've ...

Could Early Birth Hinder Adult Success?

Posted 6 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – Babies born prematurely or very small may not fare as well in life as those born full-term, a new research review suggests. Adults who were born tiny or early may be more likely to lag behind educationally and professionally. They're also more likely to use social services, according to the review of 23 prior studies from eight countries. Preterm birth occurs before the ...

AHA: Preterm Birth Could Warn of Mom's Future Heart Risks

Posted 23 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A preterm birth may serve as an early warning of a woman's future risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study. The findings, published May 23 in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that women who gave birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy may be more likely to see their blood pressure rise throughout their ...

Closing Fossil Fuel Plants Tied to Fewer Preterm Births

Posted 22 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – Closing coal and oil plants may lead to fewer premature births and improved fertility in neighboring communities, according to two new studies. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley found that preterm deliveries dropped 20 percent to 25 percent in California after eight power plants closed down between 2001 and 2011. "We were excited to do a good news story ...

Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Tied to Changes in Baby's Size, Behavior

Posted 22 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – Smoking marijuana during pregnancy has been linked to smaller weights and irritable behavior in infants, new research suggests. And if a pregnant woman smokes tobacco along with marijuana, the effects on the baby are even worse, the study authors said. "A lot of women who are smoking cigarettes are smoking in combination with marijuana. Women who smoked both cigarettes ...

Hair Care Products for Black Women May Disrupt Hormones

Posted 11 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – Many black women use a plethora of hair care products that contain chemicals that can interfere with their hormones, researchers warn. They noted these chemicals could be a reason why black women have higher rates of certain hormone-related health conditions than other women in the United States. For example, black women begin puberty at younger ages, and they have higher ...

More Than 1 Day of First-Trimester Bleeding Ups Odds for Smaller Baby

Posted 10 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – Some first-trimester bleeding occurs in up to 1 in every 4 pregnancies. Now, new research suggests that if bleeding extends beyond a day there could be implications for baby's birth weight. The study involved more than 2,300 healthy, non-obese pregnant women. Babies born at term to women who experienced more than a day of bleeding early in their pregnancy were, on ...

Health Tip: Learn Risk Factors for Miscarriage

Posted 9 May 2018 by

-- A woman's risk of pregnancy loss depends chiefly on four maternal factors: health conditions, age, lifestyle and specifics of pregnancy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says. The agency's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says factors the raise a woman's risk of miscarriage include: Existing conditions, such as high blood ...

Fetal Immune System May Trigger Premature Birth: Study

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – Most potential explanations of premature birth revolve around the mother, and what might cause her body to reject her developing fetus. But what if it's the other way around? A new study suggests some preterm births occur because the fetus rejects the mother, after its immune system is triggered too early and senses maternal cells as foreign invaders. Researchers ...

Why Some 'Preemies' Grow Up to Have Weaker Hearts

Posted 24 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – The hearts of adults who were premature babies pump less blood during exercise than adults who were full-term babies, a small study finds. That might help explain why some people born prematurely are at greater risk for heart failure later in life, the study authors said. The study included 47 adults who were born prematurely (before 37 weeks' gestation) and 54 adults ...

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