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The Jury Is In on Exercising While Pregnant

Experts say despite the old advice, exercise good for moms and fetuses

(Newser) - When it comes to what's best for pregnant women, it seems everyone's an expert. But the actual experts say it's time to filter out the noise and heed this one piece of advice: exercise. In a viewpoint published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association... More »

'If I Had Given Him Just One Bottle, He Would Still Be Alive'

Jillian Johnson opens up about death of Landon due to accidental starvation

(Newser) - Jillian Johnson wishes a happy 5th birthday to her "sweet boy" Landon in a blog post at Fed Is Best —a post in which she publicly opens up for the first time about his death to accidental starvation at 19 days old. "If I had given him... More »

After Devastating Ultrasound, a Remarkable Decision

Eva will be born so her organs can be donated

(Newser) - Keri Young was nearly halfway through her pregnancy when she and her husband learned that the girl she was carrying was terminally ill. Suffering from anencephaly, the fetus was developing without parts of her brain, and in almost all cases these babies die within a day or two of birth,... More »

Couple's Pregnancy Reveal Features 452 Needles

Duke and Diana Walker are due in August

(Newser) - After more than two years of failed attempts, a woman in Texas is finally pregnant, and her heartfelt Facebook post has gone viral with thousands of likes and hundreds of comments. It took, as Lauren Walker writes, more than 953 days, 452 needles, two IVF rounds, multiple miscarriages, and thousands... More »

Why Live-Stream of Pregnant Giraffe Got Yanked Off YouTube

It's back, but not before complaints of nudity and sexually explicit content

(Newser) - It was up, then it was taken down, now it's up again. A live cam trained on a pregnant giraffe at a New York animal center was taken offline by YouTube, but after an appeal, the stream is once again up and running, NBC4 reports. The controversy had swirled... More »

An Aspirin a Day Could Help Some Pregnant Women

Low dose appears to increase chance of live birth in certain women

(Newser) - Inflammation wreaks all sorts of havoc on the human body. One example involves reproduction, because inflammation is behind multiple issues—such as pelvic inflammatory disease and polycystic ovary syndrome—that increase a woman's risk of infertility. So can managing inflammation improve those women's chances of getting pregnant? Researchers... More »

There's Another Food No-No for Pregnant Women

A sweetener in licorice might affect cognitive function in children

(Newser) - Wine, sushi, deli meat ... licorice? Perhaps. A new study suggests that licorice consumed during pregnancy could detrimentally affect a woman's offspring. Researchers in Finland say the culprit is glycyrrhizin, a tongue-twister of a sweetener that naturally occurs in the licorice plant and is also added to teas and herbal... More »

Couple Headed to Prison for Killing Child Is Expecting Again

Soren Chilson was beaten over several weeks

(Newser) - In March of 2013, after enduring weeks of beatings at the hands of her mother's now husband, 5-year-old Soren Chilson finally succumbed to a fatal blow to the head. One South Carolina detective called her death "one of the most brutal things I have ever seen," while... More »

Pregnant Doctor Succumbs to Rare Disease

She died unexpectedly in her final month of pregnancy

(Newser) - A doctor in her final month of pregnancy with her third child was unwittingly suffering from a rare complication of pregnancy called peripartum cardiomyopathy, or PPCM. It's a form of heart failure that weakens the heart chambers and, in the most serious cases, can be fatal, explains the Houston ... More »

Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Baby's Asthma Risk

Large Danish study suggests its reduction of inflammation, a key part of asthma

(Newser) - A large, double blind study out of Denmark suggests that fish oil during pregnancy may help lower a child's risk of asthma, reports the New York Times , reducing rates from 24% in women given placebos to 17% in those given fish oil in the final trimester, amounting to a... More »

Not Just the Body: Pregnancy Changes a Woman's Brain

In 11 places in brain, data indicate reductions in volume of brain's gray matter

(Newser) - Pregnancy affects not only a woman's body: It changes parts of her brain, too, a new study published in Nature Neuroscience says. The study includes data on 25 Spanish women scanned before and after their first pregnancies, along with 20 women who didn't get pregnant during the study.... More »

Science Reveals 5 Remedies for Morning Sickness

From ginger to chemo medicine

(Newser) - Despite the fact that up to 80% of pregnant women experience morning sickness, the FDA has yet to approve any drugs that specifically treat it, Live Science reports. So for the sake of nauseous moms-to-be everywhere, researchers reviewed studies on five morning sickness remedies. Here's what they found: More »

Research Confirms It: Morning Sickness Is Good

New study finds it's linked with a lower risk of pregnancy loss

(Newser) - It's dreaded by moms-to-be, but morning sickness is actually a good sign—for the baby, a government study shows, confirming common pregnancy lore and less rigorous research. Women with nausea early in pregnancy were half as likely to have miscarriages and stillbirths as those who sailed through the first... More »

Want a Baby? Take a Chill Pill

Scientists say women with more stress may find it harder to conceive

(Newser) - Women trying to start a family who find themselves constantly reaching for a stress ball, take heed: All that extra anxiety may be keeping you from conceiving, AFP reports. A study carried out by researchers from the University of Louisville and published in the Annals of Epidemiology journal says that... More »

10 Best States to Have a Baby

Vermont, Maine top the list

(Newser) - Pregnant? Consider giving birth in Vermont. The state is the best in the country to have a baby, based on birthing costs and other baby-related expenses, the infant-mortality rate, and the number of pediatricians, mom groups, and child care centers per capita, reports WalletHub . Mississippi was named worst in the... More »

Pregnancy Hid Signs of Woman's Terminal Cancer

Her symptoms looked like normal pregnancy symptoms, at least at first

(Newser) - As Laurel Cohen, 38, and her husband Dave Cohen, 40, looked forward to the birth of their first child last spring, they and their doctors dismissed Laurel's abdominal pain, shortness of breath, and constipation as normal symptoms of pregnancy. But in May, five weeks before the London woman's... More »

Florida Mom-to-Be: Zika Turns Pregnancy Into Horror Movie

Liz Tracy talks being pregnant at the center of the US' Zika outbreak

(Newser) - "Pregnancy typically feels like a sci-fi flick," Liz Tracy writes for the Atlantic . "Zika, however, turns these nine-and-a-half months into a horror movie with a monster that is almost impossible to locate and hard to avoid." Tracy is currently pregnant in Miami, home to the US'... More »

2 Common Surgeries May Make Women More Fertile

Tonsillectomy, appendectomy linked to increased chance of pregnancy in study

(Newser) - Having their tonsils or appendix removed might result in an unexpected benefit for young women who hope to become pregnant someday: New research suggests they might be more fertile as a result. A 15-year study of half a million British women finds that a woman who has undergone a tonsillectomy... More »

New Study Busts a Big Conception Myth

No need to lie still after intra-uterine insemination: researchers

(Newser) - Good news for those trying to conceive: A new study suggests there's no reason for you to continue lying down, immobile, after having sex. There's a widespread belief that lying still after sex helps give the sperm time to get where they need to go, and the same... More »

Doctor Told Her She Couldn't Get Pregnant. She Did, Now She's Suing

Though she says she can't imagine life without her daughter

(Newser) - "She's full of life, loving, kind, sweet, everything you could ever imagine," Lori Cichewicz describes her 5-year-old daughter, Reagan, to WXYZ . But the 50-year-old from Oakland County, Mich., worries about the financial strain and other issues involved in raising a child with special needs (Reagan was born... More »

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