Prenatal CareInfo Center

Normal Weight Moms Had Healthier Babies

Being healthy doesn't just benefit you — it may benefit your child, too. Mothers-to-be who maintain a healthy weight may boost their child's health as well.

Tdap Vaccine Was Safe Overall for Mom and Fetus

Since 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested that all pregnant women receive the Tdap vaccine, even if they were vaccinated earlier in life. And new research found that Tdap was safe for both mom and baby.

Epilepsy Rx During Pregnancy May Put Kids at Risk

Pregnant women face many choices as they prepare for the baby's arrival. And new research suggests that moms-to-be with epilepsy may have an extra decision to make about their medication.

Prenatal BPA Exposure Linked to Wheeze

Asthma rates of children in the US have risen steadily over the past 30 years, but specific causes for the increase have remained unclear.

Dad’s Smoking May Affect Future Children

Secondhand smoke can be harmful to children. But it may also harm children before they're even born.

Aspirin May Prevent Pregnancy Complication

Preeclampsia is a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication that can affect pregnant women and their babies. For women at high risk for the condition, low-dose aspirin may help stave it off.

Expectant Mothers Limited Weight Gain

Weight gain is natural during pregnancy, but, for obese women, pregnancy can easily increase their weight to less healthy levels. But weight management programs may help expectant mothers stay healthy.

Consumer Reports to FDA: Bring Back List of Lower-Mercury Fish

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants women of childbearing age and young children to eat more fish that are lower in mercury. But Consumer Reports is taking issue with some of the FDA's recommendations and actions.

Moms' Postpartum Days Were Sleepy

The first several weeks after a new baby can be a whirlwind — especially for moms. But the effects of sleeping pattern changes may last for months.

World Breastfeeding Week Promotes Nursing

Breastfeeding can offer a number of benefits to mother and child, such as a reduced risk of diabetes and asthma. The World Health Organization (WHO) tries to promote those benefits each year with World Breastfeeding Week.