Cesarean delivery associated with higher risk of severe complications for mothers 35 and older, study shows

(Kelly Grant/ Globe and Mail) — Women who deliver their babies by cesarean section are nearly twice as likely as those who deliver vaginally to suffer severe complications, according to a new study that comes as Canada’s c-section rate continues to climb. For mothers 35 and older, the odds of a serious short-term problem – […]

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Treating postpartum depression without pharmaceuticals: here’s what experts say

(Mary Sauer/ Romper) — With the release of the new FDA-approved medication, Brexanolone, which is indicated for the treatment of postpartum depression, treatments for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are in the spotlight. While many voices in the medical community are excited about what this could mean for the future of postpartum depression treatment, the […]

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Three clues to raised risk of miscarriage

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — A woman’s age and previous pregnancy complications influence her odds of miscarriage, a new study says. The findings suggest that miscarriage and other pregnancy complications share underlying causes that require further investigation, according to the researchers. “More focused studies of these associations might lead to new insights,” they wrote in the […]

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The stunning danger of smoking while pregnant

(Julia Belluz/ Vox) — While many people know that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US, it’s less appreciated that some of those deaths are newborn babies. Researchers don’t fully understand why cigarettes increase the risk of infant death, but they think it has something to do with nicotine’s effect on […]

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Sensors free NICU babies from a nest of wires

(Futurity) — Soft, flexible wireless body sensors could replace the tangle of wire-based sensors that currently monitor babies in the NICU and pose a barrier to parent-baby cuddling and physical bonding. The research team that created them recently completed a collection of first human studies on premature babies at Prentice Women’s Hospital and the Ann […]

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What to know about back pain in pregnancy

(Jamie Eske/ Medical News Today) — Along with nausea, fatigue, and swollen feet, most women experience back pain at some points during pregnancy. Pregnancy-related back pain typically affects the lower back. According to one review that looked into the complaint, low-back pain affects more than two-thirds of women during pregnancy. Back pain can also arise […]

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Exposure to chemicals in the womb linked to reduced lung function in children

(Olivia Petter/ The Independent) — Pregnant women who use household products containing certain chemicals could be putting the health of their child’s lungs at risk, new research has found. A study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal looked at data from more than 1,000 mother-child pairs and found links between prenatal exposure to parabens, […]

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A rising threat to pregnant women: syphilis

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Syphilis continues to make a dismaying comeback in the United States. Between 2012 and 2016, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among women increased 111 percent. Over the same period, the rate of congenital syphilis increased by 87 percent. The sexually transmitted disease is caused by infection with […]

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Delaying baby’s first bath may bring benefits

(Robert Preidt/ Health Day News) — If you want breastfeeding to go smoothly, you might want to ask the hospital to delay that first bath for your newborn, new research suggests. For decades, it’s been standard procedure to give newborns a bath within the first few hours after birth, but the new finding suggests that waiting […]

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At peak RSV season, do you know what to watch for?

(WebMD) — You might have heard about respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) on your local news, or have friends with kids who are sick. Although this common virus spreads from fall to spring, right now — from late December to mid-February — is peak RSV season. Sarah Ash Combs, MD, a pediatric emergency medicine doctor at Children’s […]

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