Prenatal CareInfo Center

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.

Blood Test May Help Prevent Neural Tube Defects

Pregnant women require various extra nutrients to help their unborn babies grow. But one of these nutrients may be more important than others.

Weaning Newborns With a Plan

When babies are born to mothers who used opiates, they may experience symptoms of withdrawal which require treatment.

Common Treatment for Pregnant Women May Be Ineffective

A common treatment for pregnant women prone to blood clots is a daily injection of blood thinner into the stomach. It's intended to prevent pregnancy complications, but recent research suggests this treatment may not work.