Folic Acid
    December 12, 2001
    Folic Acid

    Women who take folate during pregnancy appear to reduce the chances that their children will later develop acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A study published in the December 8, 2001 issue of The La…

    Smoking During Pregnancy Increases!
    August 30, 2001
    Smoking During Pregnancy Increases!

    I’ve heard headlines this week about how great we are doing at decreasing smoking during pregnancy. But smoking rates among pregnant teens increased by 5% between 1994 and 1999, according to an Augu…

    The Latest on Pregnancy and Alcohol
    August 22, 2001
    The Latest on Pregnancy and Alcohol

    A study in the August 2001 issue of Pediatrics demonstrates the association of prenatal alcohol exposure and later childhood behavior problems at lower levels of alcohol exposure than had been previou…

    Adult holding a babys fingers. There are lasting Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    June 21, 2001
    Lasting Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    Alcohol is now recognized as the most common major destructive environmental agent to which a fetus is likely to be exposed. It is directly responsible for 10-20% of mental deficiency with IQ's in the…

    Eating Licorice and Premature Babies
    June 13, 2001
    Eating Licorice and Premature Babies

    Pregnant women who eat lots of black licorice may be at increased risk of pre-term labor, according to a study in the June 2001 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. (more…)…

    Preventable Mental Retardation?
    July 13, 2000
    Preventable Mental Retardation?

    A study in the July issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that untreated urinary tract infection during the first and third trimester of pregnancy is associated with a 40% increase in mental reta…

    Pregnant Women Should Take Caution Using Untested Remedies
    March 3, 2000
    Pregnant Women Should Take Caution Using Untested Remedies

    An expecting mom in her 37th week of pregnancy told me that her midwife recommended that she take evening primrose oil to bring on labor slowly, but surely. The mom asked me if there would be any side…

    Effects of Alcohol and Pregnancy
    February 15, 2000
    Effects of Alcohol and Pregnancy

    The first trimester of pregnancy can be a vulnerable time. Some medicines taken during that period can have catastrophic effects on the baby. The third trimester is generally safer. Evidence published…

    Dilemma in Treating Cancer During Pregnancy
    December 3, 1999
    Dilemma in Treating Cancer During Pregnancy

    How tragic to be expecting a child - one of life's great joys - and to discover that you have breast cancer. This nightmare happens during about one in 3,500 pregnancies. We know that chemotherapy wor…

    Mother's Instincts
    November 12, 1999
    Mother’s Instincts

    As parents we know that having children changes our entire experience of the world. Women also know that the miracle of pregnancy changes the body in tangible ways. New research published in the Novem…

    How To Determine and Manage Rh Incompatibility
    April 26, 1999
    How To Determine and Manage Rh Incompatibility

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Corina, your situation is both dangerous and precarious. Every snowflake is different and each person is even more so! Each cell in our bloodstream carries our own genetic signatu…

    March 8, 1999
    Blood Types 102: The Role of A, B, O, and AB Groups In Determining Paternity

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Having a baby is a lifelong responsibility and hopefully an even greater reward -- for somebody! As a mother's belly swells, she knows with deep certainty that the child is hers. …

    Fast Facts about SIDS
    August 3, 1998
    Fast Facts about SIDS

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is defined as the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of any infant or young child. (more…)…

    Chances Of Having A Second Baby With Trisomy 13
    June 16, 1997
    Chances Of Having A Second Baby With Trisomy 13

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Melissa, quite a lot has happened since I wrote you last week. On Wednesday, I drove about an hour and a half to Santa Rosa, California to be present when my sister had a baby. Sh…

    Fast Facts about Trisomy 13
    June 9, 1997
    Fast Facts about Trisomy 13

    Trisomy 13 (also called Patau Syndrome) occurs in up to 1 out of 5,000 newborns (Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation, Saunders 1988). (more…)…

    January 6, 1997
    Prenatal Sonograms & Ear Infections?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Prenatal ultrasounds are widely touted as a completely safe way to see the baby before birth. Before I tell you the latest information on ultrasounds in the medical literature, I…

    June 17, 1996
    Alcohol During Pregnancy

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Alcoholic beverages have been a part of human civilization from the very beginning. Only in the last 28 years has it become clear that consuming alcohol during pregnancy has man…

    May 2, 1996
    Second Pregnancies – Will My First Child Suffer?

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: It is only natural to be concerned about what other people will think when you tell them your good news -- particularly those that are closest to you. I am afraid that some of the…

    Empty pink baby shoes. Pregnancy and the Roseola Virus.
    April 25, 1996
    Pregnancy and the Roseola Virus

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Congratulations on your new pregnancy! What an exciting (and sometimes scary) time! Thankfully, your nephew's recent illness is unlikely to pose a problem for your new baby. Roseo…

    Nursing while Pregnant
    March 3, 1996
    Nursing while Pregnant

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Nature is a fascinating interplay of cycles, large and small. A woman's menstrual cycle is both poignant and beautiful. During a brief time beginning with the conception of a chil…