Prenatal CareInfo Center
The development of fertility treatments and in vitro fertilization (IVF) has offered tremendous new opportunities for individuals to become parents. But they came with unintended consequences too.
Sometimes factors in our environment increase our risk of a particular condition without actually causing that condition. Still, knowing those factors can be helpful, for example, when it comes to ADHD.
The vast majority of pregnancies are uncomplicated, with healthy moms and healthy babies. But one of the more common pregnancy complications when one occurs is pre-eclampsia.
Women may need to take various medications even while they are pregnant, trying to weigh the risks and benefits of the medications. When it comes to antidepressants, there's at least one thing they don't need to worry about.
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is the most popular over-the-counter medication in America. At least one recent study has suggested that pregnant mothers may want to consider an alternative.
Women have all sorts of decisions to make about their behavior during the months that they are pregnant. Some of their decisions can boost the likelihood of a healthier pregnancy.
Being born too early is a leading cause of death among newborns. So, understanding the causes of preemie births may help doctors prevent more of them.
Modern medicine has come a long way in reducing the number of women who die while pregnant or because of pregnancy. But women need to do their part too.
Babies born very early or with very low birth weights — only a couple pounds — are known to have a higher likelihood of disability. But they may be just fine over the long term.
It's already understood that babies born very early are at a higher risk for respiratory problems. Yet even being a week or two early might increase this risk slightly.