Will You Reduce Your Baby’s Risk of Autism By Getting a Flu Shot During Pregnancy?

Can the flu shot prevent autism? According to the Mayo Clinic it can. Image by the CDC.

The Mayo Clinic says the use of the flu shot, a Class C drug, in pregnancy will reduce your baby’s risk of developing autism; the research cited may not support this conclusion.

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Eat Healthy: Your High Cholesterol Could Pass To Your Baby

Mom's high cholesterol levels could mean baby will have high cholesterol as an adult, new study finds. Image by Karen Lefebvre

Women who had high cholesterol before pregnancy are more likely to have children who grow up to have unhealthy cholesterol levels as adults.

Prenatal Corticosteriods to Delay Labor: Safe For Babies?

Premature babies are often faced with short and/or long term health problems. Image by ceejayoz

Doctors may prescribe prenatal corticosteroids to delay preterm labor; new research shows that multiple doses don’t pose additional harm to the baby.

Amniotic Stem Cells For Heart Repair in Congenital Defects

Some babies when born with heart defects need extra support with breathing. Image by Rose State Community College

Could your baby’s own amniotic fluid be key to healing a congenital birth defect in his heart? Research continues in this area, so important to families.

Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy: Don’t Touch That Litter Box!

One way to prevent getting this parasite is by washing your hands with soap and water. Image by Maria Francia & Boris Striepen, University of Georgia.

When you’re pregnant, the last thing you want to do is go near a litter box. Not just because of the smell: Toxoplasmosis is a danger to you and your baby.

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SIDS Clues: Could This Research Reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Losses?

New research suggests that the inner ear maybe the link to SIDS. Image by NASA.

New research links inner ear damage to SIDS – could monitoring for hearing loss in newborns reduce infant deaths?

Babies in the Womb Anticipate Touch: Cognitive Leap Around 36 Weeks

Life inside the womb teaches babies how to communicate and to survive outside of the womb. Photo by Karen Lefebvre.

By watching infants with 4D ultrasounds over ten weeks, researchers have found that babies in the womb learn to anticipate touch.

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Study Finds Connection Between Autism and Air Pollution

Diesel particulates have now been linked to autism. Photo by: Zakysant

Is there a link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy, and if so, what can you do about it? A new study may have answers for pregnant moms.

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Antihistamines For Hyperemesis: Risky Medication for Nausea

Babies who are born early often need extra help with breathing, eating, and other daily functions. Photo by:  Jeremykemp

A new study shows antihistamines prescribed for hyperemesis gravidarum (severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy) can increase your risk of adverse outcomes.

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My Unborn Baby’s Got Hiccups! Pregnant Mom Worries – Is This Normal?

Fetal hiccups are common, especially during the second and third trimesters. Photo by: Havelbaude

Fetal hiccups, or diaphragm spasms in unborn babies, may be disturbing, but they’re a normal part of your active baby’s development as he learns to breathe.

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