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19 May

Barriers to Maternity Care Are Very Real in the U.S., a New HealthDay/Harris Poll Finds

Many women in the U.S. say it can be difficult to access healthcare during pregnancy -- and they often feel forgotten after giving birth, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll finds.

13 Apr

Study Finds No Evidence Mild Covid During Pregnancy Affects Babies’ Brain Development

Infants whose mothers had mild or asymptomatic Covid during pregnancy experience normal brain development, according to new research.

27 Mar

What Causes a Miscarriage? Researchers Uncover New Clues.

A new study finds embryos from pregnancies that end is miscarriage develop at a slower rate than embryos that end in live births

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Data from dozens of studies supports the notion that mental health crises are a big factor behind rising rates of maternal deaths during and around pregnancy in the United States.

“We need to bring this to the attention of the public and policymakers to demand action to address the mental health crisis that is contributing to the demise of mothers in America," said

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 26, 2024
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  • Microscopic bits of plastic have been found lodged in tissues in much of the human body, and new research shows they are also infiltrating the placenta.

    All samples of placental tissue take from 62 women were shown to contain microplastics, a team at the Uni...

    A third of trans masculine people who have undergone testosterone therapy and have stopped menstruating are still ovulating, a new study suggests.

    That means they remain at risk for an unwanted pregnancy, despite the absence of periods, Dutch researchers concluded.

    It's not clear why ovulation ceases for some transgender people under these circumstances, and why it may continue for ...

    Mercury levels in tuna haven't changed since 1971, despite efforts to reduce emissions of the toxic metal into the environment, researchers report.

    Their analysis of nearly 3,000 tuna samples caught in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans between 1971 and 2022 revealed stable mercury concentrations in tuna during those five decades.

    The research team specifically looked at the tr...

    More than two dozen toddlers and at least 128 pregnant women received RSV vaccines they should not have gotten, U.S. health officials say.

    The mixup, reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, follows approval this winter of two vaccines against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The virus is p...

    Two of the most common pregnancy complications for women, high blood pressure and gestational diabetes, could jeopardize the future heart health of their children, a new study suggests. 

    Researchers found that the children of women who developed either or both of those conditions during pregnancy showed signs of less-than-ideal heart health before the age of 12. 


    Nearly 1 in every 10 women infected with COVID during pregnancy will go on to develop long COVID, a new study says.

    A little more than 9% of pregnant women developed long COVID six or more months after their initial infection, according to findings presented Monday at a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in National Harbor, Md.

    The most common symptoms included fatig...

    Think twice if you're pregnant and craving a packaged pastry or a take-out burger and shake.

    That indulgence can do more than cause unwanted weight gain. A new study shows that phthalates, chemicals associated with plastics, can shed from packaging and even from plastic gloves worn by food handlers. 

    If consumed during pregnancy, those chemicals can harm the fetus, researchers ...

    Preterm births linked to “hormone-disruptor” chemicals in plastics cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars, a new study claims.

    Daily exposure to phthalates -- chemicals used to manufacture plastics -- might be tied to nearly 56,000 preterm births in the United States in 2018, researchers report.

    Estimated medical costs resulting from those early births run from&nbs...

    The COVID-19 vaccine given to pregnant women does no harm to their unborn babies, and can actually lower the risk of serious complications in newborns, a new study finds.

    Babies born to women who received the COVID vaccine had half the death rate of those born to unvaccinated moms, according to findings published Feb. 6 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


    Using ultrasound to measure blood flow in the placenta and the fetus could help spot issues tied to low birth weight, researchers report.

    As the Dutch investigators explained, about 10% of fetuses are determined to be "small for gestational age" after ultrasound examination in the womb.

    Some underweight newborns do just fine, but others may have a malfunctioning placenta, and that ...

    There's one treatment for pregnant women addicted to opioids that's safer for their unborn child, a new study reports.

    Buprenorphine is associated with a slightly lower risk of birth defects overall compared to methadone, according to findings published recently in the journal JAMA Internal Medici...

    Becoming pregnant as a result of sexual violence is disturbingly common in the United States, a new study reveals.

    Nearly 6 million U.S. women have become pregnant as a result of rape or sexual coercion, researchers reported recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

    This equates t...

    U.S. approval of over-the-counter emergency contraception like “Plan B” has had an unintended but positive side effect for America's hospitals, a new study shows.

    Emergency room visits related to “morning-after” contraception plummeted after the pills became easily available to adults in 2006, according to the report published Jan. 24 in the journal

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 30, 2024
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  • Pregnant women exposed to flame-retardant chemicals could face an increased risk of premature birth, a new study warns.

    Organophosphate esters (OPEs) are commonly used as flame retardants in products like furniture, baby items, electronics, clothes and building materials, researchers said. The chemicals also make plastics more flexible.

    Manufacturers started using OPEs after flame r...

    Ultrasound scans that pick up "microstructural" changes in a woman's cervix could point to her having a higher risk for preterm birth, researchers report.

    The scans were done as early as week 23 of pregnancy and could help assess risks for "preemie" delivery, even among first-time moms.

    Between 10% and 15% of births occur before term.

    “Today, clinicians wait for signs and...

    THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2024 (HealthDayNews) -- In the 14 states with abortion bans, there have been nearly 65,000 pregnancies resulting from rape during the time since those bans went into place, a new study estimates.

    To arrive at that troubling number, researchers turned to data from federal surveys on crime and sexual violence. Their findings were published Jan. 24 in the journal

    Women are suffering more anxiety and depression in states that banned abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a new study shows.

    The court's Dobbs decision in June 2022 triggered laws banning abortion in 13 states.

    In the six months after, symptoms of anxiety and depression increased among women living in those states, particularly those ages 18 to 45, researchers r...

    Babies born to COVID-infected mothers have triple the risk of developing a breathing disorder that normally affects preemies, a new study shows.

    Researchers found that exposure to the coronavirus while in the womb increased a newborn's risk of respiratory distress syndrome by sparking an “inflammatory cascade” in the infants that affected their breathing.

    “We found unusually h...

    Expecting moms who often turn to acetaminophen for their aches and pains are more likely to wind up with kids who have behavioral issues, a new study warns.

    Children between the ages of 2 and 4 were more likely to have attention and behavioral problems if their mothers frequently used acetaminophen during pregnancy, researchers found.

    “The kinds of behaviors the caregivers reporte...

    Abortion bans are intended to preserve the lives of children, proponents say, but a new study has found infants are more likely to die in the states with the most restrictive laws.

    States with the tightest abortion laws had a 16% increased infant mortality rate from 2014 to 2018, compared to the states with the least restrictions on abortion, researchers said.

    “Given the current c...

    Fetal exposure to opioids may change a baby's immune system, triggering a rise in risks for eczema and asthma through early childhood, new research shows.

    Children born to women who used opioids during pregnancy had much higher rates of eczema, as well as conditions such as "diaper rash," during infancy, Australian researchers report.

    These children also went on to have significantl...

    Hot or humid days during pregnancy could influence the future heart health of your unborn child, a new study finds.

    The children of expecting moms exposed to high humidity tended to have a steeper increase in blood pressure through ages 3 to 10, researchers reported Jan. 8 in the journal

    Women are far more likely to suffer an early death if they develop depression during or after pregnancy, a new Swedish study has found.

    Women who developed what's known as "perinatal" depression were generally twice as likely to die as women who didn't experience the mood disorder, researchers reported Jan. 10 in the BMJ.

    They also are six times more likely to commit suicid...

    Could the immune system play a role in why some women become depressed during and after a pregnancy?

    Swedish researchers have uncovered a "bidirectional relationship" between pregnancy-linked depression and autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis and celiac disease.

    In other words, women who experienced depression specific to a pregnancy were m...

    Depression that emerges around the time of pregnancy raises a woman's risk for suicide sharply and for many years, new Swedish research shows.

    The study found that a new mom's odds for suicide soars seven-fold in the year after a diagnosis of perinatal depression -- depression that arises just before, during or after a pregnancy.

    The increase in risk isn't limited to the short-term,...

    Acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol in the United States, is a go-to pain med for millions.

    However, a new study is raising doubts about its safe use by women who are pregnant.

    The researchers found kids born to women who used acetaminophen while pregnant had delays in language development, compared to children born to women who didn't use the drug.

    This isn't the first tim...

    A U.S. online provider of the mifepristone/misoprostol abortion pill combo saw a ten-fold jump in orders when the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade was first leaked in 2022, a new study finds.

    Such orders declined a bit in the months after the decision was officially announced, but have risen once again as women remain uncertain about access to the controversial pil...

    New research suggests the effects of high blood pressure during pregnancy may be long-lasting.

    Researchers found that women who developed high blood pressure during pregnancy had tell-tale signs of abnormal heart structure and function up to a decade later.

    "This study helps to clarify that, for some women, pregnancy is not just a 'stress test' that unmasks underlying cardiovascular...

    A class of sedatives called benzodiazepines, which include meds like Ativan, Valium and Xanax, could be linked to higher odds for miscarriage if taken during pregnancy, new research finds.

    The findings held even after accounting for possible confounding factors such as anxiety and insomnia, the Taiwanese research team said.

    Looking at data on about 3 million pregnancies, "we found t...

    When Kelsey Hatcher's twins share their birth story someday, their tale will truly be one in a million.

    Hatcher, who gave birth at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), has a rare double uterus and was pregnant with a baby in each one. After 20 hours of labor, she delivered two girls -- Baby A on Dec. 19 and Baby B on Dec. 20.

    “Never in our wildest dreams could we have pl...

    Even Valentine's Day apparently doesn't trump the start of a brand new year when it comes to getting frisky.

    Sales of the morning-after pill surged across the U.S. after New Year 2022, new research shows. Nearly 41,000 extra pills were sold in the following week, a period linked to increased risks of unprotected sex.

    Sales of emergency contraception also rose after other holidays s...

    Women are more likely to have children in the same month as their own birth, and now researchers think they might know why.

    Births within immediate families tend to cluster within a given month, according to data on more than 10 million deliveries in France and Spain.

    Siblings tend to share the same birth month as their mom and each other, and also tend to share the same birth month...

    The Supreme Court will review the ability of American women to easily access a commonly used abortion pill, the court announced Wednesday.

    Mifepristone has become central to the response by health care professionals and reproductive rights advocates to last year's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

    The pill can b...

    Sudden nausea and then a quick run to a nearby bathroom: Pregnant women know all too well the misery of morning sickness.

    Now, British researchers believe they've pinpointed the root cause of the illness, and perhaps new ways to prevent it.

    Morning sickness may have roots in a hormone produced by the fetus, called GDF15, which appears to act on the mother's brain to cause her to fee...

    Marijuana use by expecting moms is associated with unhealthy pregnancy outcomes, especially low birth weight babies, a new study finds.

    Further, heavier weed use is associated with higher risks for the pregnancy, the researchers added.

    “Cannabis use is not safe,” said senior researcher Dr. Robert Silver, a p...

    The diabetes and weight-loss drug Ozempic does not appear to harm a developing fetus when taken by pregnant women, a new study reports.

    Researchers found no elevated risk of birth defects among newborns of women who took medications to control their type 2 diabetes, compared with those who took insulin.

    During the decade-long study, researchers saw an increase in people trying to co...

    Hispanic women who experience spikes in blood pressure while pregnant may also face higher heart risks years later, new research shows.

    These "hypertensive disorders of pregnancy" (HDP) -- conditions such as preeclampsia, eclampsia and gestational hypertension -- may even have a greater role to play in certain heart risks than regular high blood pressure, the researchers noted.


    COVID vaccines saved the lives and health of countless babies by preventing their premature births, a new study shows.

    COVID-19 initially caused an alarming surge in premature birth rates, but those returned to pre-pandemic levels following the introduction of vaccines, researchers found.

    These findings should help allay vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women, said researcher

    A pregnant woman's mental health might have profound effects on the mind of her unborn child, a new evidence review warns.

    Children appear to be at higher risk for mental health and behavior issues if their moms were highly stressed, anxious or depressed during pregnancy, researchers report.

    In particular, children were more likely to have ADHD symptoms or exhibit aggressive or host...

    THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The chances of a woman having two uteruses are rare, but the odds of becoming pregnant at the same time in each uterus are even more rare.

    But one Alabama woman is experiencing just that.

    Kelsey Hatcher was born with two uteruses, each with its own cervix -- known medically as uterine didelphys. She is expecting two baby girls, one in each...

    New mothers living in states with generous mandated paid family and medical leave are less likely to experience postpartum depression, a new study indicates.

    They also are more likely to breastfeed their newborns.

    “By increasing mothers' ability to breastfeed and reducing postpartum-depressive symptoms, strong state paid family and medical leave laws provide a major boost to the h...

    An old scourge, syphilis, is returning with a vengeance in the United States, affecting not only adults but also the most vulnerable -- newborns.

    Rates of congenital syphilis soared 10-fold between 2012 and 2022, according to new data released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “The congenital syphilis crisis in the United States has skyrocketed at a ...

    A new study provides deeper insight into the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people planning to become pregnant.

    Boston University researchers found no increased risk of early or late-term miscarriage resulting from either the male or the female partner getting a COVID-19 vaccination prior to conceiving.

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  • November 7, 2023
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  • Following nearly two decades of decline, U.S. infant death rates edged up by 3% in 2022, new provisional government numbers reveal.

    “This was the first year we saw statistically significant increased rates of infant mortality in about 20 years,” said study author Danielle Ely, a statistician at the U.S. National Center f...

    When pregnant women get a COVID vaccine, it helps protect their newborns from the virus, a new government study shows.

    "These findings indicate that maternal vaccination during pregnancy could help prevent COVID-19--related hospitalization in infants too young to be vaccinated," researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote.

    Antibodies after COVID vaccin...

    One pregnancy may leave behind microscopic souvenirs that prepare a mom's immune system for the next one, a new study suggests.

    Experts said the research, carried out in lab mice, offers new insights into a longstanding puzzle: Why doesn't a pregnant woman's immune system attack the fetus, which is essentially a foreign invader?

    Scientists do not fully understand how that immune tol...

    Lee-Anne Mosselman-Clarke knows firsthand what it's like to battle with postpartum mental health crises. She experienced difficulties after the births of her two children.

    “I have an 11 and 9 year old and I didn't actually know that I had postpartum anxiety with my oldest. He had very significant health problems and I just thought I am having an awful first journey as a new mum,” she...

    Even before Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022, many U.S. women lived far from a clinic where they could get abortion pills. Now, a new study suggests that telemedicine can help fill that gap.

    The study focused on one reproductive health clinic in Washington state, where abortion was legal at the time of the study and remains so. But even in states where abortion is available, ex...

    If you are a new mom struggling with postpartum depression, taking antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may also bear benefits for your child's development.

    That's according to new research that found the medications were associated with improvements in a child's behavior up to five years after birth.

    Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, ...

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