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She Had the Perfect Pregnancy. Then, a Drug Test

Maggie Downs writes of testing positive (falsely) for meth while in labor

(Newser) - Maggie Downs had suffered a miscarriage, so during her pregnancy with her first child, she behaved in a saintly manner: no wine, no deli meat, organic produce only. She writes on Narratively of suffering through a toothache with only clove oil for relief (she turned down even Tylenol), wary of... More »

Mom Dies in Crash on Way to Give Birth

Missouri doctors managed to save Sarah Iler's child

(Newser) - A Missouri woman died in a car crash going to the hospital to give birth, but her baby managed to survive—leaving her grieving family to pick up the pieces, the AP reports. The baby's father, Matt Rider, was driving Sarah Iler from Cape Girardeau to Poplar Bluff on... More »

NYC Bars Must Serve Pregnant Women

It's discrimination not to, say new guidelines

(Newser) - A pregnant woman walks into a bar and orders a glass of wine. The bartender serves it up, she drinks it, end of story. Uncomfortable, contentious, debatable or not, the bartender is now required to serve her in New York City, according to new guidelines from the city's Human... More »

Diabetes, Obesity Dramatically Increase Risk of Big Babies

Fetuses can be abnormally large by the sixth month of pregnancy

(Newser) - Diabetic or obese pregnant women may already be carrying abnormally large fetuses by the sixth month of pregnancy, US News & World Report reports. And that matters because, according to the BBC , abnormally large babies are at risk of injury during delivery and can have a higher chance of obesity... More »

Mom Won't Treat Brain Tumor Until She Gives Birth

'The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him': New York woman

(Newser) - For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive rare brain cancer, it comes down to this: "The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him." Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma—deadly and fast-growing tumors known to reappear within eight to 12 weeks—after going to... More »

Mom Finds Out She's Expecting Triplets Soon After Hubby's Death

'I now have three blessings that will remind me of him'

(Newser) - Courtney and Brian Hill had been trying to get pregnant for four months when Brian was killed in a car accident while making a lumber company delivery on Feb. 2. The morning he died, the Texas couple had taken a pregnancy test together, which came back negative, Hill's twin... More »

CDC: If You Had Zika, Wait 8 Weeks to Get Pregnant

If your partner had it or may have had it, wait 6 months

(Newser) - Federal health officials on Friday issued first-time guidance for couples planning a pregnancy if either partner may have been exposed to Zika, the tropical disease linked to birth defects. The disease is mainly spread through mosquito bites, but authorities have come to realize that it also can be transmitted sexually.... More »

Couple's Caffeine Intake Linked to Miscarriage

Multivitamins in the weeks before, after conception also play a role

(Newser) - For all the couples out there trying to do everything just right in the weeks leading up to conception, scientists are now suggesting that not just women but men, too, cap their caffeine consumption at two drinks per day. In other words, healthy sperm are very much a part of... More »

Woman Reports Abandoned Baby, Learns He's Her Grandson

17-year-old gave birth unexpectedly on Tuesday

(Newser) - Braeley Pettigrew wasn't feeling well and thought she might have a stomach flu. Instead, during a visit to the bathroom early Tuesday, she gave birth to a baby boy in the toilet. Then she started to panic, police say , per the Journal Times . After cutting the umbilical cord and... More »

Pro Runner Inspires With Post-Pregnancy Instagram

'I can run 5:20 pace for a half marathon, but I still pee my pants'

(Newser) - Six months ago, professional runner Stephanie Rothstein Bruce gave birth to a baby boy—her second in 15 months, Self reports. Now she's rocking her stretch marks proudly as she trains with the goal of representing Team USA at the Olympics while simultaneously inspiring thousands of women on Instagram.... More »

Woman's 'Pregnancy' Turns Out to Be Deadly Tumor

Doctors misdiagnosed it because of the hormones it put off

(Newser) - A 22-year-old British woman died last month after doctor's initially mistook a nearly 5-inch tumor for her being pregnant, the Huffington Post UK reports. Makeup artist Demi Wright started feeling pain in her side last November. When she went to the doctor, they admitted her to a maternity ward... More »

Scientists Find Cause of Repeat Miscarriages

Scientists hope to correct a lack of stem cells in womb lining

(Newser) - For two decades, researchers have been searching for the cause of multiple miscarriages, which afflicts thousands of women. Now, for the first time, scientists say they have identified the culprit and have a possible treatment in mind. Researchers at Warwick University in the UK examined tissue samples from the womb... More »

2 US Women Get Abortions Following Zika Diagnosis

Another two miscarried

(Newser) - Two of the nine pregnant American woman who tested positive for the Zika virus have had abortions, People reports. In one of the cases, an ultrasound showed the woman's fetus had "severe brain abnormalities." Two more of the women have miscarried and another gave birth to a... More »

Woman's Fitbit Reveals She's Pregnant

Redditor decoded the wonky data for her husband

(Newser) - A couple in New York City have good news to share thanks to some wonky Fitbit data and a helpful Redditor: They're expecting. YoungPTone, who identifies himself only as David, posted about issues with his wife's Fitbit on a Reddit thread last week, suspecting a problem with the... More »

Trooper Pulls Guy Over, Gets Huge Surprise

Michael Kesler helped deliver baby, officials say

(Newser) - An Alabama State Trooper got quite the shock when he pulled over a speeder on US 72 Sunday morning, WHNT reports. Trooper Michael Kesler found Danny Lowe behind the wheel and Lowe's wife, Shawna, on the verge of giving birth—so Kesler lent her a hand. "Without hesitation,... More »

CDC to Young Women: Don't Drink if Not on Birth Control

'Paternalistic' warning causes backlash

(Newser) - A warning too far? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken a lot of heat this week for a press release warning that more than 3 million American women of childbearing age who drink alcohol and don't use birth control are at risk of exposing a potential... More »

How a Couple Birthed 2 Babies, 4 Days Apart

Kate Elazegui, Emily Kehe unexpectedly got pregnant at the same time

(Newser) - Kate Elazegui and Emily Kehe have been married two years, and they have two newborn baby boys—born four days apart. The couple shares their story with The Cut , recounting how Kate, three years older than then-36-year-old Emily, started trying to get pregnant first. After months with no successful inseminations,... More »

You May Not Want to Eat Potatoes Before Getting Pregnant

Study finds it may up risk for gestational diabetes

(Newser) - If your short-term plan involves getting pregnant, your immediate plan should potentially be to lay off the potatoes. So suggests a National Institutes of Health study published Tuesday in the BMJ that found women who eat more potatoes before becoming pregnant may be more likely to develop gestational diabetes as... More »

MRIs Reveal Hidden Toll of Childbirth

Study finds that 15% of women suffer serious pelvic injuries

(Newser) - Childbirth can take a toll on a woman's body that rivals the damage endured by hardcore athletes—and a team of researchers has the MRI scans to prove it. The University of Michigan team found that 15% of women suffer pelvic injuries that don't heal, even when they... More »

Brazil to Women: Don't Get Pregnant Right Now

Amid fears mosquito-borne virus is causing spike in infant neurological condition

(Newser) - In what Brazil's Health Ministry is calling an "unprecedented situation," six states have declared a state of emergency and health officials are warning women not to get pregnant (especially in the country's northeast) due to a mosquito-carried virus linked to brain damage in infants , CNN reports.... More »

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