Prenatal CareInfo Center

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.

Jaundice in Newborns Was Fairly Common

Hospital employees usually watch for jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, in newborns. Recent research suggests many newborns have this condition.

Lending a Hand to Moms of Preemies

The birth of a new baby, while joyful, can also bring a great deal of stress and anxiety — especially if the child arrived well before the due date.

ADHD Risk from Smoking in Pregnancy

It's pretty common knowledge that smoking isn't good for you, and smoking during pregnancy isn't good for either of you.

Sweet, Safe Sleeping for Babies

The safest way for infants to sleep is on their backs on a separate sleeping surface, clear of all blankets, pillows and other objects. Other ways of sleeping can increase the risk of tragedy.