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Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can help protect both mother and baby.

But does it matter which vaccine or at what stage of pregnancy a woman receives her shots? New research suggests it does, and that getting immunized earlier in pregnancy may be better.

In t...

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Shortly after news broke in May that Roe v. Wade was in danger of being overturned by the Supreme Court, internet searches for abortion pills surged, a new study shows.

On May 2, a leaked draft ruling indicated that the court was...

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the resulting media coverage is likely causing anxiety for many people, including children.

On Friday, the high court's ruling on Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ostensibly kicked decisions about restricting or banning...

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MONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Most people have heard that women can experience depression after the birth of a child.

But the condition is not limited to moms: New ...

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a woman's right to have an abortion marks a "very dark day in health care" that will leave patients at risk and doctors afraid to act, leaders of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said Friday.

"It is a dark day indeed for t...

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday that overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a woman's right to abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion... and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the high court said in its opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.<...

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) – A small preliminary study suggests that the health of an expectant mother's gums may affect her likelihood of a preterm birth.

The study compared oral inflammation and microbes in 33 women whose babies were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy...

FRIDAY, June 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The babies of women infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy may have developmental difficulties during their first year, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely to have preterm births and infants with developmental problems. The greatest risk was in the third trimester,

Children whose mothers had rising levels of depression during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of behavioral problems, researchers say.

"Our findings suggest that increases in mother's symptoms of depression from preconception to postpartum contribute to children's lower attention and behavioral control, which can raise the risk of problems across the life span," said study lead...

Women are more apt to use birth control when doctors treat it like a routine preventive health service, a new research review shows.

The analysis of 38 past studies found that women were more likely to use contraception when doctors were proactive about counseling them on the options, and in many cases providin...

With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.

"Today, [America] is considered the most dangerous developed nation in the world in which to give birth," said St...

Rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds.

"The increase in pregnancy complications is alarming because these adverse pregnancy outcomes — including hypertension [high blood pressure] in pregnancy, preterm birth and a low birth weight infant — not only adversely influence both mom a...

Giving antibiotics to a woman just before a cesarean delivery does not increase her baby's risk of asthma or eczema, a new British study says.

C-section is common, but can put new mothers at increased of infection, so they're given preventative antibiotics.

"Maternal infections, such as wound infection, can b...

"I do not believe that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is where any of this will end."

So warns Rachel Fey, vice president of policy and strategic partnerships for Power to Decide, a contraception advocacy group dedicated to reducing the risk for unplanned pregnancies.

Elisa Wells, co-director of Plan C, an organization focused on ensuring access to at-home abortion pills, agreed

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Long-distance travel will likely prove a nearly insurmountable barrier to some women seeking abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned as expected, a new study concludes.

Women who need an abortion are more than twice as likely to delay the procedure or decide to continue their pregnancy if they live 50 or more miles from a clinic, compared with women who live within 5 miles of a clinic,

Nurses can be trained to detect postpartum depression in new mothers and could be crucial in spotting the condition early, researchers report.

Postpartum depression affects about 15% of new moms and can cause persistent sadness, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness and wort...

There's good news for women with a mental health condition: Taking antidepressants early in pregnancy doesn't increase a baby's risk of having epilepsy or seizures, researchers say.

"The findings of this study are very important," said study co-author Ayesha Sujan of Indiana University Bloomington. "Pregnancy can be a trying time, and the addition of

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  • 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,...

    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

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  • Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up, new research suggests.

    "Mom's elevated psychological distress affects not just her, but her unborn baby's brain development," said st...

    There could be far fewer U.S. doctors trained to provide an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court in a decision that is expected by the end of June, researchers report.

    That's because nearly 45% of 286 obstetrics and gynecology residency programs across the United States are in the 26 states certain or likely to ban abortion if the court overturns

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  • 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...

    An experimental vaccine given during pregnancy has shown early promise for protecting infants from a potentially severe respiratory infection.

    The vaccine, being developed by Pfizer, aims to protect babies from respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Most of the time, RSV causes nothing more than a cold. But it can lead to seri...

    Far fewer U.S. women lost health insurance coverage after giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic than in previous years, likely due to a federal law that prevented Medicaid from dropping people, researchers say.

    But they noted that the Fa...

    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 ...

    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...

    Smoking during pregnancy does not directly cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a new paper that challenges a widely held belief.

    "Our systematic review shows that there is no causal effect between maternal prenatal smoking and offspring ADHD diagnosis," said lead...

    There was a 6.5% drop in premature births from cesarean sections and induced deliveries in the United States during the pandemic, likely because pregnant women made fewer visits to their doctors, researchers report.

    They said their findings raise questions about whether some decisions ...

    When women go into pregnancy with mild high blood pressure, treating the condition can cut the risk of health threats to themselves and their babies, a new clinical trial has shown.

    Experts said the findings could change the way many women have their blood pressure managed during pregnancy.

    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...

    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...

    Women can safely use abortion pills without first getting ultrasound scans, or having an in-person medical appointment at all, a new study confirms.

    For more than 20 years, U.S. women have had access to medication abortions for ending early pregnancies, using the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. But for most of that time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required them to have an i...

    Rates of postpartum depression among American mothers rose nearly three-fold during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with large increases in major depression and thoughts of self-harm, according to a new study.

    It included 670 new moms who completed online screening between February and Jul...

    Bringing home a baby should be an exciting and blissful time, but for many new parents, colossal out-of-pocket costs for pregnancy and delivery take the joy out of this milestone.

    Some low-income families spend close to 20% of their annual income on medical costs during the year of pregnancy and birth, a new study found.

    "Being pregnant and delivering a baby puts many families at fi...

    Antidepressants don't always help ease depression and anxiety in pregnant women and new moms, according to a new study.

    "This is the first longitudinal data to show that many pregnant women report depression and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum, despite their choice to continue treatment with antidepressants," said senior author Dr. Katherine Wisner. She directs the Asher ...

    First-time moms and new mothers of twins may be among those at greatest risk of postpartum depression symptoms, a large new study suggests.

    Postpartum depression is a common illness. In the United States alone, about one in eight women report depression symptoms soon after giving birth, according to the

    Women with migraine may have a higher risk of preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications, a new study suggests.

    The researchers looked at more than 30,000 pregnancies in about 19,000 women over a 20-year period.

    "Roughly 20% of women of childbearing age experience migraine, but the impact of migraine on pregnanc...

    Expectant U.S. women died in greater numbers during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, either during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth, a new federal study reports.

    This increase hit Black women particularly hard. They had a maternal death rate about three times that of white women, according to the

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  • Smoking in the weeks before and after conception has a potentially unhealthy effect on an embryo, Dutch research shows.

    "Smoking not only impacts an embryo’s growth during pregnancy and birth weight, but also embryo development right from the very early stages of pregnancy," sa...

    While new mothers have faced many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had at least one positive impact, a new survey shows: They were able to have more quiet time with their newborns.

    That's a key finding of the first known study to assess the experiences of U.S. women who had babies in the ...

    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...

    Once they're pregnant, women have a lot of checkups to make sure they stay healthy. But a mom's health preconception is vitally important, too, and a growing cause for concern.

    Increasingly, moms in the United States are starting their pregnancies already having heart risks like high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and obesity.

    A new study finds that 60% -- even...

    Many women with epilepsy have breakthrough seizures when they get pregnant, and researchers say they've figured out why.

    Their new study shows that pregnancy can trigger steep drops in blood levels of certain antiepileptic drugs soon after conception.

    "When it comes to...

    Pregnant women who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are at greater risk for delivering stillborn babies, and new research provides important clues about why.

    Unlike other fungal, bacterial or viral infections, which cross over the placenta to affect the fetus, SARS-CoV-2 is particularly lethal to the developing placenta, and this damage deprives the fetus of oxygen and nutrition, said...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    COVID-19 vaccines don't affect the outcomes of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study. It's more evidence that the shots won't harm fertility, researchers said.

    The results "will give people comfort to know that the COVID-19 vaccine does not affect their reproductive potential,” said senior stu...

    Losing weight before beginning fertility treatment doesn't boost the odds that a woman who is obese will have a successful pregnancy, a new study shows.

    Obesity has been linked with difficulty conceiving, as well as pregnancy complications and loss. Many women who are obese and want to get pregnant...

    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 ...

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