Prenatal Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Healthier Babies and Insect Sprays: A Change That Worked

    Healthier Babies and Insect Sprays: A Change That Worked

    Women who wouldn’t consider smoking while pregnant might not think twice about putting flea collars on their pets or spraying to control cockroaches. Thankfully, somebody did. While revelers were celebrating at midnight on New Year’s Eve 2000, a new federal regulation quietly went into effect banning an insecticide, chlorpyrifos, at least from products that say […]

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  • Inhaled Steroids and Pregnancy

    Inhaled Steroids and Pregnancy

    Asthma is becoming more and more common at all ages, now affecting more than 20 million Americans (including more than 5 million children). What do we know about managing asthma in pregnancy? Inhaled steroids are one of the standard treatments for moderate asthma in adults and children, even though we know that they can slow […]

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  • West Nile Babies

    West Nile Babies

    What happens when pregnant women get bitten by a mosquito? West Nile virus infection has become increasingly common in the United States. In 2003 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received reports of about 9,100 new people with West Nile virus (WNV). This is more than double the number of cases in 2002. […]

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  • Amnio, Down’s, Miscarriage, & Money

    Amnio, Down’s, Miscarriage, & Money

    Amniocentesis to detect Down Syndrome is cost effective for pregnant women at any age according to a study in the January 24, 2004 Lancet.  For years Amnio has been offered to women over age 35.  This cut off age was set because researchers assumed that the fear of miscarriage was about equal to the fear […]

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  • Pack it in, Pack it out

    Pack it in, Pack it out

    The right type of pregnancy weight gain benefits both you and your baby. Happily, the right type of weight gain is also the kind that turns out to be easiest to shed, according to research published in the November 2003 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. We’ve known for awhile that the right amount of […]

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  • What If Mom’s Mother Smoked Years Ago?

    What If Mom’s Mother Smoked Years Ago?

    Sometimes our actions ripple onward to our children and our children’s children. Babies born during the Dutch winter famine of 1944-45 had birthweights that varied depending on what trimester they were in when the famine struck. Those who were deprived during the first trimester ended up heavier than average when they were born, and as […]

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  • Climb a Mountain, Drink Tea, or Be a Friend

    Climb a Mountain, Drink Tea, or Be a Friend

    In a Herculean effort to draw attention to breast cancer, a group of women climbers, including several breast cancer survivors, reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer.  Through their climb they also helped to raise money for breast cancer research. 

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  • Protecting Babies from HIV

    Protecting Babies from HIV

    My heart goes out to pregnant women with HIV. Even though treatments for HIV continue to improve, its presence casts a dark shadow over a special time. In 2002, about 800,000 babies caught HIV from their mothers. Now, a simple AIDS drug called nevirapine has proven far better than the old standard zidovudine at preventing […]

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  • Cesarean Delivery & Food Allergies

    Cesarean Delivery & Food Allergies

    Children born by C-section to allergic mothers are more than 4 times more likely to develop proven egg allergies than are peers born vaginally, according to a fascinating study in the August 2003 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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  • Healthy Babies and Mom’s Gum Health

    Healthy Babies and Mom’s Gum Health

    The right dental treatment can increase the odds of giving birth to a healthy baby, according to a study in the August 2003 Journal of Periodontology. We’ve known for some time that gum disease in moms is connected to a higher rate of preterm births, and all of the associated health problems. We haven’t known […]

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