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Pregnancy and Childbirth News
October 21, 2020

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When Reproductive Rights Are Less Restrictive, Babies Are Born Healthier

American women living in states with less restrictive reproductive rights policies are less likely to give birth to low-birth weight babies, according to a new study. The findings show that women, ...

Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Linked to Cognitive Deficits, Altered Behavior

Regular cannabis exposure in rats during pregnancy may cause their offspring to have long-term cognitive deficiencies, asocial behavior, and anxiety later in ...

Pregnancy Complications Linked to Heightened Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke in Later Life

Pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and pre-term birth are linked to a ...

Research Identifies Sperm Biomarker Associated With Couples' Pregnancy Probability

Researchers have identified a single-measure biomarker in sperm mitochondrial DNA that may predict male reproductive health and pregnancy ...
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Ultrasound Screening May Be Limited in Ability to Predict Perinatal Complications

Delivering a newborn with macrosomia (weighing more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces at birth) may be associated with higher risk of adverse outcomes, including perinatal death and injuries related to ...

Pregnant Women With Severe COVID-19 Face Additional Risks and Early Delivery

Pregnant women with severe or critical COVID-19 and their unborn infants face increased health risks before and after delivery but those with mild cases had similar outcomes compared to those who ...

COVID-19 Has a Prolonged Effect for Many During Pregnancy

Symptoms for pregnant women with COVID-19 can be prolonged, lasting two months or longer for a quarter of the women who participated in a new ...

Study Suggests Link Between Unexplained Miscarriages and How Women Perceive Men's Body Odor

Women who have suffered unexplained repeated pregnancy loss (uRPL) have altered perceptions and brain responses to male body odors, in comparison to those with no history of uRPL, suggests a new ...

How Zika Virus Degrades Essential Protein for Neurological Development Via Autophagy

Researchers shed new light on how Zika virus hijacks our own cellular machinery to break down an essential protein for neurological development, getting it to 'eat itself'. By triggering ...

A Better Alternative to Phthalates?

Researchers analyzed urine samples from pregnant women to look for the presence of DINCH, which is short for di(isononyl)cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylate. They found concentrations of DINCH in most of ...

Low Level Alcohol Use During Pregnancy Can Impact Child's Brain Development

A new study finds any alcohol use during pregnancy, even low levels, is associated with subtle, yet significant behavioural and psychological effects in children including anxiety, depression and ...

Women Could Conceive After Ovarian Tumors, Study Shows

Women receiving fertility-sparing surgery for treatment of borderline ovarian tumors were able to have children, a new study ...

Placenta Is Initiated First, as Cells of a Fertilized Egg Divide and Specialize

The first stages of placental development take place days before the embryo starts to form in human pregnancies. The finding highlights the importance of healthy placental development in pregnancy, ...

Donor-Conceived Adults Have Higher Incidence of Immunology Diseases

Adults conceived through sperm donation reported higher frequencies of allergies, type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune conditions. Donor sperm conceived adults had seven times more type 1 diabetes ...

Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Associated With Adverse Outcomes During Middle Childhood

Research shows prenatal cannabis exposure may impact child behavior later in ...

SARS-CoV-2 During Pregnancy Not Associated With Complications in Neonates, Study Finds

In a new study, researchers examined the association between a positive SARS-CoV-2 test during pregnancy and complications in mothers and their newborn babies. Almost two out of three pregnant women ...

Most Infants Are Well Even When Moms Are Infected by COVID-19, Researchers Find

Infants born to women with COVID-19 showed few adverse outcomes, according to new research. The study suggests that babies born to mothers infected with the virus generally do well six to eight weeks ...

New Study Reveals Why Flu Can Be Devastating for Pregnant Women

New research overturns current scientific thinking on flu infection in pregnancy. The study helps explain why influenza can lead to life-threatening complications during pregnancy. The research also ...

Vitamin E Needed for Proper Nervous System Development

In research with key ramifications for women of childbearing age, scientists show that embryos produced by vitamin E-deficient zebrafish have malformed brains and nervous ...

Higher Dementia Risk in Women With Prolonged Fertility

Women with a longer reproductive period had an elevated risk for dementia in old age, compared with those who were fertile for a shorter period, a population-based ...

Mathematical Modelling to Prevent Fistulas

It is better to invest in measures that make it easier for women to visit a doctor during pregnancy than measures to repair birth injuries. This is the conclusion from mathematicians, using Uganda as ...

Artificial Intelligence System Developed to Help Better Select Embryos for Implantation

Researchers are developing an artificial intelligence system with the goal of improving IVF success by helping embryologists objectively select embryos most likely to result in a healthy ...

Many Women Suffering from Severe Migraine Might Avoid Pregnancy, but Should They?

A survey of 607 women who suffer from severe migraine found twenty percent of the respondents are currently avoiding pregnancy because of their migraines. The women avoiding pregnancy due to severe ...

Healthy Diet and Exercise During Pregnancy Could Lead to Healthier Children

New research shows improving the lifestyle of women with obesity during pregnancy could mean long-term cardiovascular benefits for their ...

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