November 25, 2013 Everybody knows that you're not supposed to smoke while you're pregnant because it's bad for the baby. But nicotine patches often used to help women quit may pose a risk, too, researchers say. Other forms of nicotine replacement may do less harm.
October 2, 2013 Since most fish contain some amount of mercury, public health officials suggest that pregnant women limit their intake to 12 ounces a week. But fresh research suggests current recommendations may be too cautious, and that fish may not be a huge source of mercury for expecting moms. Still, some doctors remain cautious.
September 23, 2013 Almost all new mothers have trouble breast-feeding in the first week with their babies. The early problems, such as pain, were also the ones most likely to cause the women to give up on breast-feeding earlier than doctors recommend.
September 23, 2013 Pregnant women are told not to drink, smoke or stress out. But it hasn't been clear how those choices may affect a fetus. By studying how genes are turned on and off, scientists say they are getting closer to understanding what experiences in the womb really affect a child's health.
August 30, 2013 Many obstetricians make more money for C-sections than for vaginal deliveries. In a recent study, these doctors were more likely to perform the costly procedure than doctors paid a flat salary. But when the pregnant women were also physicians, doctors seemed less swayed by financial incentives.
June 4, 2013 Many young women don't get maternity coverage if they're on a parent's health plan. A sex discrimination claim aims to get them coverage for childbirth care under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
April 18, 2013 The study looked at about 10,000 British children born at the turn of this century and found no developmental problems among those whose mothers drank moderately during pregnancy. But even the study's authors caution that abstaining from alcohol is still best for mothers-to-be.
January 7, 2013 Two decades ago, about 10 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. lasted 42 weeks or longer. Today, about 5 percent last that long. What happened?
November 21, 2012 Ultrasound often catches fetuses opening their mouths, but whether they're really yawning or not has been up for debate. Now, with some fancy ultrasound techniques, scientists have show that babies do indeed yawn in the womb.
August 28, 2012 If human newborns came out as fully developed as chimp babies, human pregnancy would have to last at least twice as long. In a new theory, researchers argue that how much energy mothers can spare is the key factor in how long pregnancy lasts.