Hospital-diagnosed maternal infections linked to increased autism risk

Hospital-diagnosed maternal bacterial infections during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published Dec. 23 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Low folate in male diet linked to risk of offspring birth defects

Previous research has shown that what mothers eat during pregnancy affects the health of their offspring. But now, a new study suggests that a father’s diet prior to conception could also play an important role in their child’s health, particularly when it comes to consumption of folate. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

First-time mothers as young as 30-years-old in ‘risk zone’

For many women who plan to conceive a child at some point, 35 has been perceived as the magic age when they suddenly enter the risk group. But new research from Sweden suggests this “risk zone” begins much earlier, starting as a woman leaves her 20s.The study, published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, was […]

Eating peanuts in pregnancy lowers allergy risk for child

Allergic reactions to peanuts and tree nuts can range from mild to life-threatening. But new research suggests that pregnant women who are not allergic to the nuts/legumes and who eat more of them during pregnancy lower the risk of their child developing an allergy to the food.This is according to a study published in JAMA […]

Hospital infection in pregnancy tied to higher risk of autism

A new study finds that hospital-diagnosed bacterial infections in pregnancy are associated with a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders.Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research report their findings in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Inadequate pregnancy weight gain a risk factor for infant mortality

Women who do not gain enough weight during pregnancy are at increased risk of losing their baby in its first year of life, according to a new study. Gaining more weight than recommended was not a risk factor for infant mortality, but may be related to subsequent maternal health problems. Study authors urge that childbearing […]

Walking reduces heart disease in people at risk

“An extra walk each day wards off killer heart illnesses,” reports the Daily Express. The traditional New Year’s Day stroll is good for “blowing the cobwebs away”, and pledging to walk more as a New Year’s Resolution is a great idea, but this headline needs to be taken with a degree of caution. The news […]

Increased risk of complications for mother and baby from elective early-term deliveries

Enduring the last few weeks of pregnancy can be physically and emotionally challenging for some women. The aches and pains, the swelling of the limbs and the anxiety of when labor may start are part of the natural gestation process, but they also can seem unbearable. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Stroke risk ‘higher at start of warfarin treatment’

“Warfarin doubles risk of stroke in first week for irregular heartbeat sufferers,” reports The Daily Telegraph. Warfarin is a drug known to reduce the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation, but the results of the study this headline is based on suggest that particular care should be taken when treatment is started. Atrial […]

Longer maternity leaves lower women’s risk of postpartum depression

The more leave time from work that a woman takes after giving birth — up to six months — the better protected she will be from experiencing post-partum depression, according to a study led by Dr. Rada K. Dagher, assistant professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Pregnancy […]

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