Pregnant women are inundated with information about what to do and what not to do during pregnancy, what to eat and what not to eat, and often that information varies depending on who
One thing that everyone should know by now is that smoking during pregnancy can harm a baby in several ways. For example, smokers babies are typically smaller than they should be, and their lungs may be less well developed than those of babies born to non-smokers. However, despite these well-publicized facts, recent data from the CDC indicate that over 12 percent of pregnant women smoke.
Although a very high percentage of children in the United States receive a vaccination protecting them against pertussis, cases of pertussis have been on the rise. And infants younger than six months who are
A new study by Dr. Ivan Ngai and colleagues from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City suggests that women who are diagnosed with
For infertile couples who long to have a child of their own, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, can provide a path to fulfilling their dreams.
Acetaminophen is commonly used by pregnant mothers to treat pain and fever and is generally considered to be safe.
Allergic reactions to peanuts or tree nuts such as walnuts or almonds (P/TN) can be life-threatening, and are a significant concern to parents of allergic children. Such children require careful monitoring in their early years to ensure they do not consume even traces of these allergens.
Another reason to make sure to get your HPV vaccine! I mean, besides preventing many cancer, there seems to be a link between HPV and the dreaded pregnancy complication, preeclampsia.
A special joint panel of the Stroke and Heart Associations issued gender-focused guidelines on reducing the toll of strokes among women. In their vast literature review, surprising focus is on younger women.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), gestational diabetes (GDM) is diagnosed in pregnant women who have not had diabetes, but who have high blood sugar during pregnancy.
Flu vaccine still under-utilized, safe, and somewhat effective. CDC estimates millions of serious illnesses have been averted by the shot (and thousands of deaths). Pregnant women remain fearful, but they and their newborns pay the price if their physicians are negligent in not urging them to get vaccinated.
Since 1987 the CDC has been surveying pregnant women in 40 states and New York City for health-related activities and outcomes. The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAM) recently reported on the frequency of smoking by women before, during and after pregnancy. Some of the results were good, but some were not so hot.