pregnant women pregnant women
Stories About

pregnant women

Kristen Philman first tried methamphetamine in her early 20s, as an alternative to heroin and other opioids. When she discovered she was pregnant, she says, it was a wake-up call, and she did what she needed to do to stop using all those drugs. Theo Stroomer for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Theo Stroomer for NPR

Another Drug Crisis: Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant Women

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/668487475/671996814" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Veronica Grech/Getty Images

Panel: Doctors Should Focus On Preventing Depression In Pregnant Women, New Moms

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/642295034/642696543" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

When Jenna Sauter's youngest son, Axel, tested positive for THC — marijuana's active ingredient — after he was born, she got a home visit from local social services. Sauter says she and her friends don't smoke near their children. Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News hide caption

toggle caption
Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News

Is Smoking Pot While Pregnant Safe For The Baby?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/580535951/581503207" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the flu vaccine an "essential" part of prenatal care, for protection of the newborn as well as the woman. Infants typically don't get their own flu shot until age 6 months or later. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Katherine Streeter for NPR

Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Vaccine, Doctors Advise

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/552668449/553405861" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Vanessa Wauchope begins abdominal exercises in Leah Keller's class in San Francisco, Calif. Keller teaches an exercise, called "drawing in," to help strengthen abdominal muscles that tend to spread apart a bit during pregnancy. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Talia Herman for NPR

Deona Scott and her son Phoenix at her graduation from Charleston Southern University in South Carolina in 2015. Scott now works full time for Nurse-Family Partnership, a program she credits with helping to prepare her to be a good mother. Courtesy of Deona Scott hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Deona Scott

San Francisco lactation counselor Caroline Kerhervé — with kids of her clients — during a weekly session of a new mothers' group she coached in May. Courtesy of Caroline Kerherve hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Caroline Kerherve

Yalieth Gonzalez and her baby Micaela Delgado at the Maternal Infant Studies Center at the University of Puerto Rico. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Marisa Penaloza/NPR

Living With Zika In Puerto Rico Means Watching, Waiting And Fearing Judgment

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/519653931/521622787" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Kathleen helps her son Gideon get his glasses on. Part of Gideon's brain was damaged during development, which effects his vision. Caitlin O'Hara for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Caitlin O'Hara for NPR

For Gideon, Infection With a Common Virus Caused Rare Birth Defects

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/520966988/521622859" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A government worker sprays mosquito insecticide fog in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, earlier this month to block the spread of Zika. The U.S. CDC advises pregnant women to reconsider plans to travel to Malaysia and 10 other countries because of the virus. Joshua Paul/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Joshua Paul/AP

Pregnant Women Should Consider Not Traveling To Southeast Asia

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/495986730/496032482" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A plane sprays pesticide over the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami on Aug. 6. That's just one way health officials are battling back Zika-carrying mosquitoes in the area. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

How Big, Really, Is The Zika Outbreak In Florida?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/490941346/490969913" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Vanessa Gomez (left) with her son Ezra, 2, and her friend Cristy Fernandez with her 9-month-old-son River, in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. At least 14 people likely caught Zika from mosquitoes in the neighborhood, health officials say. Gomez calls that news "scary," but adds, "we cannot stop living our lives." Marta Lavandier/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Marta Lavandier/AP

With Zika in Miami, What Should Pregnant Women Across The U.S. Do?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/488276350/488336972" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Eight months pregnant, Mara Torres stands next to a mosquito net placed over her bed in Cali, Colombia. Health officials in Cali have delivered mosquito nets to pregnant women to help protect them from the bites of mosquitoes that can transmit dengue, chikungunya or Zika. Luis Robayo /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Luis Robayo /AFP/Getty Images

Zika Infection Late In Pregnancy Carries Little Risk of Microcephaly

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/482206200/482206201" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Syphilis can be wiped out with one to three shots of penicillin. PhotoAlto/Eric Audras/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
PhotoAlto/Eric Audras/Getty Images

Penicillin Shortage Could Be A Problem For People With Syphilis

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/477653310/479129046" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Tracy Smith, 38, and her children Hazel, 8, and Finley, 5, at their home in Houston. Smith is pregnant with twins and says she's a little more worried than usual about the approach of mosquito season. Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media hide caption

toggle caption
Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media

In Houston, Pregnant Women And Their Doctors Weigh Risks Of Zika

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/475858481/476060553" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sporadic dengue fever outbreaks in Florida in 2009 and 2010 spurred mosquito control efforts in Key West and Miami Beach, shown here. The same mosquito that carries dengue, Aedes aegypti, can transmit Zika. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida Governor Ramps Up Mosquito Fight To Stay Ahead Of Zika

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/465575180/465607217" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.S. health officials are telling pregnant women to avoid travel to Latin America and Caribbean countries with outbreaks of Zika, a tropical illness linked to birth defects. James Gathany/AP hide caption

toggle caption
James Gathany/AP

Zika Virus Makes CDC Consider A Travel Warning For Pregnant Women

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/463049109/463084414" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript