Health News

Thumbs Up For Vitamin D During Pregnancy
Proper prenatal care is essential for both a mother and her unborn child. Little research has been done to determine the proper amount of vitamin D supplements to take, until now.
Pregnancy And Vitamin D
Expecting the best outcome when pregnant involves taking great care of yourself.  An area women need to focus on is vitamin D levels, which enable healthy bone development for your unborn child.
Fishing Expedition Finds Genetic Link in PPCM
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare disease that affects one in 3,500 pregnant women, weakens the heart so that it no longer pumps blood efficiently. The cause of PPCM has been unknown, until now.
Causes of Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is a serious illness that is distressing for many new mothers. The causes were previously unclear, but a new study has unmasked some contributing factors to depression.
Smoking While Pregnant Lowers Good Cholesterol in Kids
It's no secret that smoking during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight or even miscarriage. But new research suggests smoking while pregnant can also affect children later in life.
Mummies Need Their Sleep
Any woman who has been pregnant knows how exhausting it is, and she may find it hard to get adequate sleep. A recent data review by Northwestern University in Chicago indicates that sleep apnea in pregnant women may indicate gestational diabetes and pre-term birth.
Predicting In-Vitro Success
In-Vitro fertilization is costly to both the pocketbook and emotions of  young couples engaging in this hopeful procedure. A study by Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital shows a blood test may help predict the number of eggs that will be harvested.
Epilepsy Drugs May Lead To Birth Defects
Women with epilepsy comprise one half of a percent of all pregnancies in America. It is necessary for these women to remain on their anti-convulsant drugs during pregnancy as uncontrolled seizures are risky for both the mother and her unborn child.
Pre-Eclampsia Prevention With Supplements
Swollen feet, sudden weight gain and high blood pressure are a few symptoms that a pregnant woman may have in pre-eclampsia, a condition occurring in 5 percent of first time pregnancies.
Pregnant Smoking Has Another Bad Effect
Can smoking while pregnant cause genetic changes which make the child more at risk for asthma development? Researchers answer with a resounding, "yes."