Common Pesticides May Increase Autism Risk Near Farms

Is it dangerous to live too close to a farm? Image by Sgarton

New research shows a link between common pesticides and autism in children whose mothers live within one mile of non-organic farms.

Factors That May Influence Your Pregnancy Due Date

Were you born a big baby? Your pregnancy may last a little longer than other women. Image by Karpato Gabor.

Many factors in your life may influence your due date when you’re pregnant – and healthy pregnancy length can vary more widely than doctors expected.

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How Eating Disorders Affect Pregnancy and Birth

What you eat and how you eat is very important when you're pregnant - for the sake of your health and your unborn baby's health. Image by earl 53.

New research shows that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, during pregnancy can be very unhealthy, both for the mother and to the unborn infant.

Bottle Feeding is a Risk Factor for Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis (HPS) in Infants

Could bottle feeding make your baby sick? Image by kamuelaboy

Bottle-feeding is a risk factor for babies developing hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. The increase in overall breast feeding rates has reduced cases of HPS.

Preemies Benefit From Probiotics: Prevent Necrotising Enterocolitis

Researchers have investigated the benefits of lactobacillus and other probiotics for preemies.  Image by Bob Blaylock

The digestive tracts of preemies, or premature infants, aren’t mature, and they can develop NEC as a result. Research has found that probiotics can help.

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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Bye Bye Ice Chips, Hello Chocolate Shake in Labor!

Need water, food, anything?! Ask your doc if you can have a protein shake - new studies show they're just as safe as those accursed ice chips. Image design by Decoded Pregnancy. Original Image by al lanni. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Sand_Sea_-_Desert.jpg

During labor, you’ll likely be hungry, thirsty, and tired. A protein shake could help; new research shows that the shakes are as safe as ice chips – and much more satisfying.

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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.

U.S. Tops the Charts with Stigma Against Breastfeeding

Policy should give babies the best start in life. Image by anita peppers.

There’s a social stigma against breastfeeding in the United States, which ranks lowest of the nations surveyed by Save the Children for nursing policies.

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Depression in Pregnancy: Social Factors in PostPartum Depression

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Many women experience postpartum depression, some even starting during pregnancy. How prevalent are the ‘baby blues’ and what causes depressive symptoms in pregnant women?