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Women With Migraines At Increased Risk for Pregnancy Complications, New Study Finds

Researchers say pregnant women with migraines should be considered high-risk and receive special monitoring

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Pregnant American Women Are Facing Higher Exposures to Chemicals

Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study warns.

"This is the first time we've been able to measure the amounts of chemicals in such a large and diverse group of pregnant women — not just identify chemicals,...

Why High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Bodes Ill for Future Health

High blood pressure complications during pregnancy can be scary, but a new study warns they also significantly raise a woman's risk for heart disease later in life.

"Women with a history of gestational hypertension or

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 10, 2022
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  • High Blood Pressure Now Affects 1 in Every 7 U.S. Pregnancies

    Rates of high blood pressure among pregnant women in the United States are on the rise and now occur in at least one in seven hospital deliveries, a new government report warns.

    The overall rate of what are called hypertensive disorder...

    White Women Tend to Get Better Pain Management After Childbirth

    After childbirth, some women who received an epidural for pain will develop a debilitating headache. But minority women are less likely than white moms to receive the treatment that can provide relief, according to a new study.

    Researchers also found that even when women from minority groups received this care, it was more likely to be delayed.

    "There's a gap in the quality of care ...

    Mediterranean Diet May Cut Preeclampsia Risk During Pregnancy

    A Mediterranean-style diet is known to help protect the heart, and now new research suggests it can also lower an expectant mother's risk for life-threatening preeclampsia.

    Marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine, or other problems during pregnancy, preeclampsia can cause serious he...

    No Sign That COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Raises Birth Defect Risk

    Public health experts have been telling pregnant women that it is safe -- and recommended -- to get a COVID-19 shot because they are at higher risk for poor outcomes and death from the virus.

    New research now answers a key question about the vaccine's impact on their babies.

    The vaccine is not associated with birth defects detectable on an ultrasound, the Northwestern University stu...

    Mom's Use of Workplace Disinfectants in Pregnancy Tied to Eczema, Asthma in Kids

    If you're a worker who plans to get pregnant, take heed of a new study that warns that pregnant women who work in hospitals and are exposed to disinfectants may be more likely to have children who suffer from asthma and

  • Cara Murez
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  • March 29, 2022
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  • More Evidence COVID Raises Odds for Pregnancy Complications

    If you're pregnant and questioning whether you need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, new research might sway your decision.

    For mothers-to-be, the coronavirus appears to double the risk of serious pregnancy complications like preterm birth, according to a new Californ...

    COVID Vaccine Given in Pregnancy Guards Against Severe COVID in Newborns

    A new government study is the first to confirm that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy delivers real protection to newborns.

    "While we know these antibodies cross the placenta, until this study we have not yet had data to demonstrate whether the antibodies might provide protection for the baby against COVID-19," said Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, chief of the Infant Outcomes Monitoring Resea...

    Could a Chewing Gum in Pregnancy Help Prevent Premature Deliveries?

    Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for preterm birth, and now new research suggests that chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol during pregnancy may lower this risk.

    The study took place in Malawi, Africa, which has one of the world's highest rates of preterm delivery. Experts are quick t...

    How the Placenta Shields the Fetus From COVID-19

    The placenta was designed by nature to keep baby both nourished and safe. Now, research reveals how it protects the developing fetus from a new foe: The virus that causes COVID-19.

    "The placenta is one of the few 'success stories' of the pandemic," said

    More Evidence Pot Use in Pregnancy Is Bad for Baby

    So, you're pregnant and battling nausea every day. What harm could come from smoking a joint to settle your stomach?

    Plenty, according to a new study that suggests women who use pot while expecting put their infants at risk for some serious health problems.

    The problems included

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 1, 2022
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  • Any Change to Menstrual Cycle After COVID Vaccine Is Minor, Temporary: Studies

    They've gotten some media headlines recently, but potential menstrual changes associated with getting a COVID vaccine are typically minor and temporary, two new international studies confirm.

    That's great news for women, said an expert in fertility and reproductive health.

    "The studies coming from the UK, US and Norway provide us with significance reassurance that the COVID vaccine ...

    Young Women at Higher Risk for Stroke Than Male Peers: Study

    Strokes aren't common among young people, but when they do happen, they strike more often in women than men, a new review finds.

    Of the nearly 800,000 Americans who suffer a stroke each year, 10% to 15% are adults age 45 or younger, according to the American Heart Association.

    The new research suggests that young women may face a particular risk: Those age 35 and younger were 44% m...

    COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Fertility, But Getting COVID Might

    One less excuse to avoid that COVID vaccine: The shots don't affect fertility in either men or women, new research shows, but coronavirus infection could cause short-term fertility problems in men.

    "Many reproductive-aged individuals have cited concerns about fertility as a reason for remaining unvaccinated," said lead study author Amelia Wesselink. She is research assistant professor of ...

    Skipping COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Brings Big Risks to Mothers, Babies

    Unvaccinated pregnant women are putting themselves and their baby at risk for serious complications of COVID-19, according to new research out of Scotland.

    For women who have the virus within 28 days of their delivery date, those complications include preterm births, stillbirths and newborn deaths. Infant deaths are four times higher among unvaccinated women,

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  • January 14, 2022
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  • Could New Blood Test Predict Pregnancy Complications?

    A simple blood test may help spot pregnant women who are at risk for developing preeclampsia -- dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy -- before it becomes a threat to both mother and child.

    Marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine or other problems during pregnancy, preeclampsia occurs in about 1 in 25 pregnancies in the United States, according to the lates...

    Deaths Linked to High Blood Pressure in Pregnant Women Are Soaring

    The number of American women with chronic high blood pressure who are dying during and after pregnancy is up sharply, a new study warns.

    Of 155 million births in the United States between 1979 and 2018, more than 3,200 mothers died of high blood pressure-related causes-- a 15-fold rise over the period. The risk was particularly high among Black women, according to

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  • COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Won't Raise Odds for Preemie Birth

    Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is safe in pregnancy, experts have been saying for months.

    Now, a new study adds evidence to support that advice.

    "Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is important for preventing severe illness in pregnant people," said study author Dr. Heather Lipkind, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medic...

    Is the Pandemic Affecting Newborns' Brains?

    Babies born at the height of the pandemic appear to suffer small but significant delays in their motor and social development, a new study reports.

    Babies were particularly at risk if their mothers were in the first trimester of their pregnancy during spring 2020, when the United States entered lockdowns.

    "It's important to recognize these are very slight differences. There weren't ...

    Anytime Is the Right Time for COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy

    The best time during pregnancy to get a COVID-19 vaccine appears to be right now.

    A new study found that antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in nearly 1,400 women and their babies at the time of delivery didn’t vary dramatically based on when a woman go...

    No Health Issues for Babies Born to Women Who Had COVID in Pregnancy

    Moms who had COVID-19 in pregnancy can breathe easier thanks to a small, new study that found no growth or development problems in 6-month-old babies whose mothers had the virus while expecting.

    “Our results should be reassuring to pregnant women with COVID-19 who are worried about how the virus might affect the baby,” said study co-author Dr. Malika Shah, a neonatologist at the Child...

    Why Are More Women Using Pot, Other Cannabis Products During Pregnancy?

    A growing number of pregnant women are using marijuana or other cannabis products, and a new study suggests that relief of symptoms such as morning sickness may be a primary reason.

    In recent years, studies have documented a rise in cannabis use during pregnanc...

    Chemicals in Hair, Beauty Products May Interfere With Hormones During Pregnancy

    Pregnant women who use hair dyes or straighteners may have relatively lower levels of pregnancy-supporting hormones, a recent study suggests.

    Researchers found that among more than 1,000 pregnant women they followed, those who used certain hair products -- dyes, bleaches, relaxers or mous...

    A Little Cash May Help Women Quit Smoking During Pregnancy: Study

    Quitting smoking is especially important during pregnancy, and now a new study suggests that when it comes to kicking the habit, cash may be just the incentive some women need.

    The study results suggest progressive financial rewards for smoking abstinence "could be implemented in the routine health care of pregnant smokers," the French researchers said. Dr. Ivan Berlin of Hôpital Pitié-...

    Postpartum Depression Can Do Long-Term Harm to Women's Finances

    Besides its terrible impact on mental health, postpartum depression can also bring long-term financial struggles to affected women, new research shows.

    "These findings highlight the importance of screening and expanding access to mental health support services for low-income pregnant and postpartum women," said study author Slawa Rokicki, an instructor at Rutgers School of Public Health i...

    Fetal Infection With COVID-19 Possible, But Unlikely

    There is a very low risk that pregnant women with COVID-19 will pass the virus to their unborn babies, researchers say.

    The study should reassure expectant parents, said the British investigators.

    To find out if and how the virus could pass from an infected pregnant women to her fetu...

    Delta Variant Ups Risk of Stillbirth, Death During Pregnancy, Reports Show

    The Delta variant is proving to be dangerous for pregnant women, raising the odds of both stillbirth and death, new government reports reveal.

    In one study, researchers analyzed Mississippi State Department of Health data and discovered that among women with COVID-19, the death rate was three times higher among pregnant women than non-pregnant women of reproductive age, and the death rate...

    Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight Could Affect Odds for Child's Asthma, Allergies

    Can your weight before pregnancy determine your baby's chances of developing asthma or allergies?

    Yes, claims a study that looked at that question, as well as whether weight gain during pregnancy might have an impact.

    "We did find that there was a link between the mother's weight before pregnancy, entering pregnancy, with the development of certain allergic diseases among c...

    Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

    Marijuana use in pregnancy may increase your child's risk for stress and anxiety, a new study suggests.

    Although some moms-to-be use pot hoping to relieve morning sickness and anxiety, they should know it may cause genetic changes in the uterus that result in children becoming anxious, aggressive and hyperactive, researchers say.

    "People are saying that cannabis is benign, and take ...

    A Little Coffee May Be Healthy in Pregnancy

    Many women dread having to give up coffee during their pregnancy, but new research suggests that consuming a little caffeine while expecting might not necessarily be a bad thing.

    "While we were not able to study the association of consumption above the recommended limit, we now know that low-to-moderate caffeine is not associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsi...

    A New Way to Spot Pregnancy Risks?

    Two placenta-related markers could reveal older women's risk of serious pregnancy problems such as stillbirth and premature or very small babies, British researchers say.

    They analyzed blood samples and medical data from 527 pregnant U.K. women, including 158 in their 20s; 212 in their 30s; and 157 in their 40s.

    The...

    'Forever Chemicals' Might Raise Risk of Pregnancy Complication

    So-called "forever chemicals" might increase pregnant women's risk of a dangerous condition known as preeclampsia, researchers say.

    Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are widely used and long-lasting chemicals found in the drinking water of many U.S. communities.

    A new study found a link between PFAS exposure and late-onset preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressur...

    Financial Stress Burdens More Than Half of New U.S. Moms: Study

    The joys of motherhood may be overshadowed in the United States since as many as 50% of new or expectant moms can't pay their bills, including health care bills, new research suggests.

    "Financial hardship is highly prevalent among pregnant and postpartum women," said study co-author Dr. Michelle Moniz. She is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michiga...

    A Faster, Cheaper Test to Gauge the Risk of Premature Delivery?

    A two-minute test can accurately detect vaginal bacteria associated with preterm birth, researchers have found, pointing to a possible way to identify pregnant women at increased risk of early delivery.

    In the United States, about one in 10 babies are born preterm, according to the nonprofit March of Dimes. Babies born preterm (before the 37th week of pregnancy) are at increased risk of h...

    Depression, Anxiety Could Raise a Pregnant Woman's Odds for C-Section

    While anxiety and depression in pregnant women have already been linked to low birth weight and preterm birth, they may also contribute to higher rates of cesarean deliveries.

    Researchers called the study among the largest to document a link between mood and anxiety disorders and first-time C-sections among low-risk pregnant women.

    "Our findings reinforce the importance of better id...

    Sex of Fetus May Matter When COVID Strikes in Pregnancy

    When a pregnant woman is infected with COVID-19, the sex of the fetus may influence immune system activity, researchers say.

    The new study included 68 mothers-to-be. Thirty-eight developed COVID-19 during their third trimester, while 30 remained virus-free. In both groups, half of the fetuses were male and half were female.

    In the infected women, male placentas had significantly hig...

    Pregnancy, Delivery Safe for Women Born With Heart Defects

    Women who were born with heart defects may get some reassurance from a new study that finds they face no heightened risk to health during a pregnancy and delivery.

    According to the researchers, doctors may often advise these women against getting pregnant due to the potential risks for them and their babies, but until now those risks have been unclear.

    "The most important finding fr...

    Symptomatic COVID Could Bring on Emergency Delivery in Pregnant Women

    Pregnant women suffering from COVID-19 with symptoms are more likely to experience complications that call for an emergency delivery, a new study suggests.

    On top of facing a slightly higher risk for needing an unexpected cesarean section, women with symptomatic COVID-19 were more likely to need oxygen support and their infants were more likely to need care in a neonatal intensive care un...

    COVID Hospitalizations Are Rising Among Unvaccinated Pregnant Women

    Since the rise of the Delta variant, one Texas hospital has seen a surge in severe COVID-19 among pregnant women -- nearly all unvaccinated.

    Researchers at the Dallas hospital found that in late August and early September, 10% to 15% of pregnant patients who tested positive for COVID-19 needed to be hospitalized for severe illness.

    That was more than double the percentage of a year ...

    Breastfeeding Longer May Lower Postpartum Depression Risk

    Besides the long-established benefits of breastfeeding for baby and mom, a new study reports one more: Nursing could help chase the blues away.

    It is linked to a lower risk for postpartum depression -- the so-called "baby blues" -- and nursing for a longer time may further ease depression symptoms, according to the findings.

    "Women suffering from postpartum depression, which occurs ...

    CDC Pushes Hard on Vaccination for Pregnant Women in New Advisory

    The country's leading health agency on Wednesday implored all Americans who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant to get a coronavirus vaccine.

    COVID-19 poses a serious risk to women who are expecting, since they are vulnerable because of pregnancy's dampening effect on their immune system, experts say.

    But less than one-third of pregnant women have received cor...

    Epidurals Not Linked to Autism in Children

    Pregnant women who receive an epidural to ease their pain during labor aren't any more likely than others to have kids with autism, two new studies show.

    Earlier research suggested this practice may increase autism risk in offspring, but the pair of studies should put this concern to rest for good, experts say.

    "Parents can be reassured that there is no link between using epidurals ...

    Pot Use by Pregnant Women Rose During Pandemic: Study

    Marijuana use by mothers-to-be may have increased by as much as one-quarter during the pandemic, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found a substantial increase in the number of women in Northern California using pot early in their pregnancies after the pandemic emerged compared to the previous year.

    "Our previous research has shown that the prevalence and frequency of prenatal canna...

    Air Pollution Linked to 6 Million Premature Births in 1 Year

    Air pollution impacts the youngest humans, with new research linking dirty air to almost 6 million premature births and almost 3 million underweight babies worldwide in 2019.

    More than 90% of the world's population lives with polluted outdoor air, a new study points out. And its effects continue through the years: Preemies or children with low birth weight have higher rates of major illne...

    Low-Dose Aspirin Guards Against Preeclampsia: Task Force

    Pregnant women at risk for a serious high blood pressure disorder called preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin after their first trimester, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

    The recommendation, announced Sept. 28, updates and is consistent with the task force's 2014 sta...

    AHA News: What Doctors Say About Pregnancy, Vaccines and COVID-19

    COVID-19 can be bad for anyone. For pregnant women, scientific research shows it can be worse: The disease significantly raises their odds of needing ICU care, giving birth prematurely and of dying.

    Vaccines offer protection. But despite reassurances and encouragement from a wide array of health groups, vaccination rates for pregnant women remain stubbornly low. According to the Centers f...

    Depression During Pregnancy Raises Risk of Mood Disorder in Kids

    When mothers suffer depression during or after pregnancy, their kids may be at heightened risk, too -- all the way into young adulthood, a new study suggests.

    Of more than 5,000 kids researchers followed until age 24, those whose moms had depression during or after pregnancy tended to report more depression symptoms themselves.

    That was true in their teens, but particularly in young...

    Diabetes Drug Might Help Women With Preeclampsia Prolong Their Pregnancy

    Metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, may help stave off preterm birth among women who develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure.

    Preeclampsia is marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine, or other problems during pregnancy. Preterm preeclampsia occurs between 26 and 32 weeks of pregnancy and often leads to early delivery, putting babies at risk. Preemies ...

    Common Hormone Disorder in Women Costs U.S. $8 Billion a Year

    Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) -- the most common hormone disorder in women of child-bearing age -- is costly.

    In 2020, diagnosing and treating this disorder cost an estimated $8 billion in the United States, according to a new economic ana...

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