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Pregnant Moms Won't Hurt Kids' IQ With Coffee

One or 2 cups a day not linked to lower intelligence or behavioral issues: study

(Newser) - Pregnant women who can't resist a single morning cup of joe don't have to worry about their caffeine habit when it comes to their child's future smarts, per a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology . Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio found that... More »

Clinic Plans First-Ever Uterus Transplants in US

So far, 8 women have signed up at Cleveland facility

(Newser) - Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic are prepping for what they hope will be, in a few months, a US first: the transplant of a uterus into an otherwise healthy woman so she can get pregnant. A New York Times special report notes that eight healthy women from around the country... More »

Woman Learns She's Pregnant, Gives Birth an Hour Later

Baby, gallstone. Tomato, tomahto

(Newser) - Pregnancy can be a wild nine months of mood swings, cravings, love, stress, bonding, and so much more. Unless you're Massachusetts resident Judy Brown, who got the whole thing out of the way in about an hour. ABC News reports the 47-year-old went to the hospital Wednesday night with... More »

Pendulum Swings: Study Says No Booze While Pregnant

Despite what you may have read to the contrary

(Newser) - Recent studies have suggested drinking while pregnant might not be as dangerous as women have long been led to believe, or may even be beneficial —but, troubled by these plus other recent studies finding that a surprising number of women do imbibe while pregnant , the American Academy of Pediatrics... More »

Mom's Stress While Pregnant May Explain Why You're a Klutz

New research links maternal stress to later childhood coordination

(Newser) - Are you a klutz? A new study out of Australia suggests an unexpected reason why. It found that stressful events in the latter stage of a woman's pregnancy may increase the risk of movement and coordination deficits later in the child's life. Reporting this week in the journal... More »

Facebook Pic Reveals More Than Couple Bargained For

'You should call us. Your mother is confused'

(Newser) - Mise-en-scène is super important in Facebook photos, you guys. It's a lesson one couple learned the hard way when attempting to announce their engagement via the social media platform, WGN reports. According to Yahoo , the couple posted a photo of themselves sitting on the couch, with wife-to-be Miranda... More »

Smoking While Pregnant May Harm Your Grandkids

Researchers believe genetic changes explain rise in asthma cases

(Newser) - Nobody should need another reason not to smoke while pregnant, but researchers have found one: A study that looked at tens of thousands of grandmothers and grandchildren in Sweden found that children whose maternal grandmothers smoked were up to 22% more likely to have asthma, even if their mothers never... More »

Stats About Binge Drinking While Pregnant Surprise Researchers

CDC study finds 1 in 33 do so, multiple times a month

(Newser) - One in 10 pregnant women admit to imbibing alcohol and—even more worrisome for health officials—one in 33 admit to binge drinking in the past month, according to a report published by the CDC. "Any alcohol use during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of birth defects... More »

The 5 Strangest Places Women Have Given Birth

From an airplane to a McDonald's

(Newser) - For most women, the ideal place to welcome your child into the world is a hospital surrounded by doctors or home with a midwife nearby. For others, however, their deliveries came unexpectedly in unusual settings.
  • Airplane: A 23-year-old Canadian gave birth on a flight from Calgary to Tokyo. Apparently, Ada
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Pregnant Meteorologist Has 'a Message for the Haters'

Mom-to-be fires back after being called a "sausage in casing"

(Newser) - Complain to meteorologists that it never rains when they say it will, and they'll brush it off. But tell a meteorologist her pregnant stomach looks like "sausage in casing," and you may just start a movement. Support is pouring in from all over the country after CBS... More »

OB-GYN Takes Uterus Out of Pregnant Woman

Conn. doctor fined $5K for his mistake, but he's still in good standing at hospital

(Newser) - A Connecticut gynecologist was fined $5,000 yesterday by the state Medical Examining Board for mistakenly performing a hysterectomy on a patient he didn't know was pregnant. Dr. Jonathan Foster performed a laparoscopic hysterectomy, a procedure that removes the uterus, on the woman at Saint Mary's Hospital in... More »

The Wrenching Process of Weaning a Baby Off Heroin

The 'Washington Post' looks at one such baby

(Newser) - It's a cruel start to life: Entering the world and then entering rehab. It's a reality more newborns are facing, reports the Washington Post , which cites figures like this one: The percentage of NICU admissions for "neonatal abstinence syndrome" has increased fourfold over a span of nine... More »

Woman Gives Birth to Her Identical Twin's Baby

Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker's breast cancer meant she couldn't have a second child

(Newser) - There are identical twins who have special bonds, and there are the Ardolino sisters, who live just three blocks from each other in Mineola, New York. Between them they had three sons: Dawn Ardolino Policastro has a 7-year-old and 3-year-old; sister Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker has a 6-year-old, Dylan. But now... More »

Boys and Girls Have Different Spines—From Birth

The difference allows the female spine to adapt during pregnancy

(Newser) - Boys and girls have subtly different spines, and the difference is present at birth, according to a new study out of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on 35 full-term newborn girls and 35 full-term newborn boys, researchers report in the Journal of Pediatrics that vertebral... More »

We're Losing More Babies to Stillbirth Than Infant Death

Though the difference is slight

(Newser) - For as long as we have been gathering the data, more babies have died before reaching their first birthday (so-called infant deaths) than those who died in the second half of pregnancy (aka stillborns). Until now. Researchers with the National Center for Health Statistics yesterday released a report that shows... More »

C-Sections Rampant in Brazil—for Now

Country tries to reel in its 'international shame'

(Newser) - In 2013, 32.7% of all babies delivered in America were born by cesarean section. If that sounds high, well, check out Brazil's stats. The BBC reports that at private hospitals, 85% of women deliver by cesarean; in public hospitals, it's about half that (45%). In 2013 NPR... More »

Why Teen Pregnancy Is Plummeting in Colorado

Study offering free IUDs, implants shows dramatic results

(Newser) - Science continues to back up an American Academy of Pediatrics policy change recommending teenage girls use long-acting birth control methods rather than the pill. Over six years, Colorado offered women free IUDs and implants as part of "one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control,"... More »

Bristol Palin: Baby No. 2 Was No Accident

'Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family'

(Newser) - How can a pregnancy be "planned" but also a "huge disappointment" to one’s family and close friends? Well, that's what Bristol Palin is serving up in her latest public statement following her pregnancy announcement last week. At the time, the 24-year-old sounded a tad forlorn. "... More »

Mom's Honest Pic of 'Perfect' Post-Baby Body Goes Viral

Kimberly Henderson's 'flabby belly' inspires

(Newser) - What's sexier than a six-pack? Rocking a "flabby belly" and stretch marks, says mother of four and musician Kimberly Henderson. After fans told her she had a "perfect" body, Henderson bravely uploaded an "unedited" selfie of her bare belly to Facebook for all to see, reports... More »

One in 160 Pregnancies End in Stillbirth. Mine Did

Dr. Eleni Michailidis discusses what is 'rarely discussed' in the NYT

(Newser) - The percentage sounds small: just one-sixth of one percent. But the number sounds huge: One in 160 pregnancies end in a stillbirth, and Dr. Eleni Michailidis' was one of them. The 38-year-old orthodontist opens up to the New York Times , recounting an experience that the paper notes is "rarely... More »

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