Women in the U.S. Are Having Fewer Babies, Says CDC

U.S. fertility rates are relatively low from coast to coast, according to new data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The report looked at total fertility rates, or the number of children that a group of 1,000 women could be expected to have over their lifetimes given current age-specific birth rates. As […]

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Birthweight and early pregnancy body mass index may risk pregnancy complications

Women who were born with a low birthweight are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, according to a new Obesity study. The findings suggest that women who were born small may have been affected by unfavourable intrauterine conditions, and the physiological demands of pregnancy may act as a “second hit” leading to pregnancy complications. In the study of 5,336 women, […]

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Obamacare Helped More Women Access Care Before Pregnancy: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 — Ever since the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid in some states, more women have received health care before pregnancy, a new study finds. The number of women who had Medicaid in the month before pregnancy rose from 31 percent to 36 percent in states that opted out of Medicaid expansion, but increased from 43 percent […]

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Amy Schumer Has Been Hospitalised With Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Amy Schumer announced that she’s pregnant with her first child with husband Chris Fischer back in October, which is obviously wonderful news. The only not-so-wonderful thing? She’s been super-sick throughout her pregnancy—and now, she’s been hospitalised because of it. The 37-year-old Oscar winner posted to Instagram on Thursday, sharing that she’s currently in the hospital (and will have to miss an […]

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Newborn Baby Goes Into Withdrawal After Mother Drinks Kratom Tea While Pregnant

Suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome, the baby boy’s mother drank kratom tea regularly while pregnant. A pregnant woman who drank kratom tea to help curb her opiate cravings has delivered a baby that still showed the effects of opiate withdrawal, according to CNN. The unnamed woman “had used oxycodone for almost a decade” but was considered sober for two years […]

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Dad’s Age May Play Role in Pregnancy Outcomes

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 — More men are delaying fatherhood, and new research suggests that might raise the risk of both birth complications and infant health problems. When new fathers are aged 45 or older, there’s an increased chance of preterm birth, infant seizures and even gestational diabetes in the mother, the study found. “When you think about fertility, don’t […]

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