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Anxiety During Pregnancy May Lead to Early Delivery, New Study Finds

Women who experience pregnancy-related anxiety are more likely to give birth prematurely, researchers say.

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Anxiety During Pregnancy Could Mean Earlier Delivery

Too much anxiety isn't good for anyone, but a new study suggests it is particularly perilous for pregnant women because it can raise the chances of their child being born early.

Given that finding, the researchers recommended that doctors screen for anxiety during the...

Kids Born Premature Lag in Elementary School, But Most Catch Up Later

While babies born prematurely may lag behind their elementary school peers, they eventually catch up, British researchers report.

By the end of high school, only the kids born before 32 weeks of gestation were continuing to struggle, according to a new study published online Aug. 17 in the journal

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  • Premature Birth Tied to Higher Risk for ADHD

    Children born a little early -- before 39 weeks of pregnancy -- are more likely to have symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

    While birth before 37 weeks' gestation has known links to hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention, this study inve...

    Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature Delivery

    Numerous studies have found discrimination can hurt aspects of human health.

    Now, new research adds to that the impact of discrimination on the youngest humans by linking discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and premature infants.

    Maternal death rates amo...

    COVID in Late Pregnancy Ups Odds for Preterm Birth

    A COVID-19 infection might put pregnant women at risk of premature birth, but only if they're in their last trimester, Israeli researchers report.

    "The results are encouraging and reassuring that COVID-19 infection during pregnancy is not associated with any type of pregnancy loss," said Dr. Tal Patalon, head of the Kahn-Sagol-Maccabi Research and Innovation Center in Tel Aviv.

    Her ...

    Snuggling With Dad: Fathers' Contact Can Help Preemies Thrive

    Decades of research have shown the power of skin-to-skin contact between preemies and their moms, but would the same technique, dubbed "kangaroo care," work with fathers?

    Yes, claims a new Australian study that found when dads held their premature babies close to their bare chest, they reported feeling a "s...

    Chemicals Found in Cosmetics, Plastics Linked to Preterm Delivery

    Phthalates, chemicals that are typically used to strengthen plastics, are in millions of products people use every day, but a new analysis confirms their link to a higher risk for preterm births.

    The largest study to date o...

    Breastfeeding May Be Key to Letting Preemie Babies Thrive

    Preterm infants who are breastfed do better in school and are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new study.

    Preemies have a higher risk of doing poorly in math, reading and other academic skills, previous studies have shown. They're also at greater risk for ADHD.

    But starting them off with lots of breast milk appears to blunt this risk an...

    Mom-to-Be's Gum Disease Could Raise Odds for Premature Birth

    A small preliminary study suggests that the health of an expectant mother's gums may affect her likelihood of a preterm birth.

    The study compared oral inflammation and microbes in 33 women whose babies were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, considered

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  • U.S. Rate for a Dangerous Pregnancy Complication Doubled in 12 Years

    Rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds.

    "The increase in pregnancy complications is alarming because these adverse pregnancy outcomes - including hypertension [high blood pressure] in pregnancy, preterm birth and a low birth weight infant - not only adversely influence both mom and ch...

    Could a Chewing Gum in Pregnancy Help Prevent Premature Deliveries?

    Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for preterm birth, and now new research suggests that chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol during pregnancy may lower this risk.

    The study took place in Malawi, Africa, which has one of the world's highest rates of preterm delivery. Experts are quick t...

    More Evidence Pot Use in Pregnancy Is Bad for Baby

    So, you're pregnant and battling nausea every day. What harm could come from smoking a joint to settle your stomach?

    Plenty, according to a new study that suggests women who use pot while expecting put their infants at risk for some serious health problems.

    The problems included

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  • Skipping COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Brings Big Risks to Mothers, Babies

    Unvaccinated pregnant women are putting themselves and their baby at risk for serious complications of COVID-19, according to new research out of Scotland.

    For women who have the virus within 28 days of their delivery date, those complications include preterm births, stillbirths and newborn deaths. Infant deaths are four times higher among unvaccinated women,

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  • Fertility Treatments Don't Raise Odds for Smaller, Preemie Babies

    Babies conceived through infertility treatment are more likely to be born early and small.

    But there are reasons other than medically assisted reproduction to explain this difference, a

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  • Could New Blood Test Predict Pregnancy Complications?

    A simple blood test may help spot pregnant women who are at risk for developing preeclampsia -- dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy -- before it becomes a threat to both mother and child.

    Marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine or other problems during pregnancy, preeclampsia occurs in about 1 in 25 pregnancies in the United States, according to the lates...

    COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Won't Raise Odds for Preemie Birth

    Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is safe in pregnancy, experts have been saying for months.

    Now, a new study adds evidence to support that advice.

    "Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is important for preventing severe illness in pregnant people," said study author Dr. Heather Lipkind, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medic...

    Severe Illness in a Child Takes Big Toll on Parents, Siblings: Study

    When a child has severe health problems, the suffering often extends to the entire family, new research finds.

    Using data from a single health insurance provider, the study authors assessed nearly 7,000 children with life-threatening conditions and their families, and compared them to a control group of more than 18,600 children without a life-threatening condition and their families.

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    Chemicals in Hair, Beauty Products May Interfere With Hormones During Pregnancy

    Pregnant women who use hair dyes or straighteners may have relatively lower levels of pregnancy-supporting hormones, a recent study suggests.

    Researchers found that among more than 1,000 pregnant women they followed, those who used certain hair products -- dyes, bleaches, relaxers or mous...

    A New Way to Spot Pregnancy Risks?

    Two placenta-related markers could reveal older women's risk of serious pregnancy problems such as stillbirth and premature or very small babies, British researchers say.

    They analyzed blood samples and medical data from 527 pregnant U.K. women, including 158 in their 20s; 212 in their 30s; and 157 in their 40s.

    The...

    A Faster, Cheaper Test to Gauge the Risk of Premature Delivery?

    A two-minute test can accurately detect vaginal bacteria associated with preterm birth, researchers have found, pointing to a possible way to identify pregnant women at increased risk of early delivery.

    In the United States, about one in 10 babies are born preterm, according to the nonprofit March of Dimes. Babies born preterm (before the 37th week of pregnancy) are at increased risk of h...

    Depression, Anxiety Could Raise a Pregnant Woman's Odds for C-Section

    While anxiety and depression in pregnant women have already been linked to low birth weight and preterm birth, they may also contribute to higher rates of cesarean deliveries.

    Researchers called the study among the largest to document a link between mood and anxiety disorders and first-time C-sections among low-risk pregnant women.

    "Our findings reinforce the importance of better id...

    Symptomatic COVID Could Bring on Emergency Delivery in Pregnant Women

    Pregnant women suffering from COVID-19 with symptoms are more likely to experience complications that call for an emergency delivery, a new study suggests.

    On top of facing a slightly higher risk for needing an unexpected cesarean section, women with symptomatic COVID-19 were more likely to need oxygen support and their infants were more likely to need care in a neonatal intensive care un...

    Air Pollution Linked to 6 Million Premature Births in 1 Year

    Air pollution impacts the youngest humans, with new research linking dirty air to almost 6 million premature births and almost 3 million underweight babies worldwide in 2019.

    More than 90% of the world's population lives with polluted outdoor air, a new study points out. And its effects continue through the years: Preemies or children with low birth weight have higher rates of major illne...

    Low-Dose Aspirin Guards Against Preeclampsia: Task Force

    Pregnant women at risk for a serious high blood pressure disorder called preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin after their first trimester, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

    The recommendation, announced Sept. 28, updates and is consistent with the task force's 2014 sta...

    Diabetes Drug Might Help Women With Preeclampsia Prolong Their Pregnancy

    Metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, may help stave off preterm birth among women who develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure.

    Preeclampsia is marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine, or other problems during pregnancy. Preterm preeclampsia occurs between 26 and 32 weeks of pregnancy and often leads to early delivery, putting babies at risk. Preemies ...

    HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

    Pregnant women infected with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) may have a heightened risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

    HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts. Most of the time, the immune system clears the infection. But some strains of HPV become persistent in a minority of people -- and, over time, may lead to certain cancers.

    In ...

    Breastfeeding May Strengthen a Baby's Heart

    Breast milk can give preemies' hearts a big boost, a groundbreaking study suggests.

    "This study … adds to the already known benefits of breast milk for infants born prematurely," said study leader Dr. Afif El-Khuffash, a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dublin.

    He said the findings off...

    Soothing Sound: Mom's Voice Eases Preemies' Pain

    Mothers are known for drying their little ones' tears, sometimes with a hug, a song or a kiss on a scraped knee.

    So, perhaps it isn't a surprise that new research shows the sounds of mom's voice provide comfort and even pain relief to the tiniest ones, premature babies.

    Researchers from the University of Geneva in Switzerland found that not only did the sound of a mother talking o...

    Wildfire Smoke Could Raise Odds for Preterm Delivery

    The health impact of wildfires is already huge, and new research suggests it might also raise a mom-to-be's risk for preterm birth, according to a new study.

    Wildfire smoke contains high levels of PM 2.5, the deadliest type of pollution from particles so fine they can embed deep in the lungs and pass into the bloodstream.

    "In the future, we expect to see more frequent and intense ex...

    'Preemie' Babies More Vulnerable to Autism Diagnosis Later: Study

    Babies born prematurely, even just a couple weeks early, may be at increased risk of autism, a large new study suggests.

    It's long been known that autism, a developmental brain disorder, is more common among children who were born preterm -- before the 37th week of pregnancy.

    Researchers said the new study, of more than 4 million people, gives a clearer breakdown of the risks associ...

    No Sign COVID Raises Odds for Preterm Delivery, Stillbirths

    In a sign that the pandemic may have spared pregnant women and their newborns, a new Canadian study suggests there was no increase in preterm births or stillbirths during the first year of the pandemic.

    Some studies found preterm birth rates in countries such as the Netherlands, Ireland and the United States fell during the pandemic, while there were increases in stillbirths and variabili...

    Premature Delivery Raises Odds for Cerebral Palsy

    Extremely premature babies have a much higher risk of cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions than full-term infants, a large Israeli study affirms.

    Cerebral palsy -- the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination -- is the most common cause of severe childhood physical disability and motor impairment. It can also affect sensation, perception, t...

    Vaping During Pregnancy Could Raise Odds for 'Preemie' Babies

    Women who use electronic cigarettes during pregnancy may be at heightened risk of having an underweight or preterm baby, a new study suggests.

    The study of more than 79,000 U.S. mothers found that when women regularly used e-cigarettes late in pregnancy, their babies' risk of low birth weight rose.

    Of women who "vaped" but did not smoke standard cigarettes, just under 11% had an und...

    Dads of 'Preemie' Babies Can Be Hit by Depression

    Postpartum depression strikes fathers of premature babies more often than previously thought, and it can linger longer in fathers than in mothers, a new study finds.

    The researchers screened for depression in 431 parents of premature infants in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and identified depression symptoms in 33% of mothers and 17% of fathers.

    After the babies were brough...

    Healthy Eating Lowers Pregnancy Complication Risk

    If you're planning to get pregnant or already "eating for two," sticking to a healthy diet may reduce the risk of several common pregnancy complications, researchers say.

    The new study included nearly 1,900 women who completed diet questionnaires at eight to 13 weeks of pregnancy, along with estimates of what they ate in the previous three months.

    At 16 to 22 weeks and 24 to 29 week...

    Skin-to-Skin Contact Could Boost Survival of Very Premature Babies

    In a finding that demonstrates the power of a mother's touch, new research shows that immediate and continuous skin-to-skin contact with mom reduces the risk of death for low-weight newborns in poorer nations.

    "The idea of giving skin-to-skin contact immediately after delivery to very small, unstable babies has encountered quite strong resistance, but about 75% of deaths occur before the ...

    Boys Born Very Prematurely May Age Faster as Men

    Boys who weigh less than 2 pounds at birth don't age as well as their normal-weight peers, a long-term study finds.

    Canadian researchers have followed a group of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies and their normal-weight counterparts since 1977.

    When participants were in their early 30s, researchers compared the genes of 45 who were ELBW babies with those of 47 whose birth w...

    Pregnancy Within 1 Year of Weight-Loss Surgery Carries Added Risks

    Women who get pregnant within a year of having weight-loss surgery are more likely to have preterm and smaller-than-normal babies, a new study suggests.

    Dutch researchers said their findings support current recommendations to avoid pregnancy for 12 to 24 months after weight-loss (bariatric) surgery.

    "We should encourage women who wish to conceive after bariatric surgery to avoid pre...

    Being Born Even a Bit Early Might Hamper Child's Development

    Being born even slightly premature might still raise a child's risk of developmental problems, a new study finds.

    Preemies often have developmental issues, but previous research has tended to focus on those born extremely preterm (22-26 weeks' gestation), so less is known about children born moderately and very preterm (27-34 weeks' gestation). Average full-term gestation time is 39-40 we...

    Why COVID Infection Raises Risks in Pregnancy

    A strong immune response to the virus that causes COVID-19 by the placenta may help explain why infected pregnant women face a higher risk of complications, such as preterm birth and preeclampsia, researchers say.

    The Yale University team analyzed blood and placental tissue from 39 women at different stages of pregnancy.

    They detected evidence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in two samples ...

    Low Risk of Mom Passing COVID to Newborn

    The risk of mother-to-newborn transmission of COVID-19 is low, but the illness in pregnant women can trigger preterm birth, researchers say.

    The new study looked at 255 babies born in Massachusetts last year to mothers with a recent positive test for COVID-19.

    Only about 2% of the 88% of babies who were tested for COVID-19 had a positive result.

    But worsening COVID-19 illness ...

    Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?

    Show your baby your love, and you'll get a kinder, gentler adult child as your reward, a new study suggests.

    More than 20 years ago, researchers in Israel began studying the impact on newborns of time spent in physical contact with their mothers.

    The investigators followed these infants, born in the mid- to late-1990s, for two decades.

    Now, their latest results -- based on n...

    Stillbirths, Other Pregnancy Complications Up During Pandemic

    THURSDAY, April 1, 2021 (HealthDayNews) -- The ripple effect of the COVID-19 scourge has led to more complications among pregnant women worldwide, including an increase in stillbirths, a new study says.

    The research review also found higher rates of maternal deaths and depression in the first year of the pandemic.

    "The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on health care syst...

    Drug Used to Prevent Miscarriages May Be Upping Cancer Rates Decades Later

    Kids born to moms who took a drug widely used to prevent miscarriages in the 1950s and 1960s may be twice as likely to develop cancer in adulthood.

    The drug in question, hydroxyprogesterone caproate, also known as OHPC or 17-OHPC, is a man-made version of the hormone progesterone. It is no longer used to reduce the chances of miscarriage, but it's still prescribed to prevent preterm birth...

    Common Household Chemicals Tied to Preemie Births

    Even when women do their best to have a safe pregnancy, chemicals commonly found in the home could still raise their risk for premature delivery, a new study shows.

    The chemicals -- called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) -- are used as flame retardants in items like furniture and carpets.

    For the study, researchers analyzed blood samples from over 3,500 pregnant women, includ...

    Eviction During a Pregnancy Is Dangerous for Women and Newborns

    Being pregnant triggers a lot of feelings. For many, there is joy, expectation and sometimes a little nervousness about what's to come.

    Yet not all pregnant women start this journey on the same footing, and for some, such as those who are facing eviction while pregnant, there's a tremendous amount of stress.

    That prenatal stress is associated with lower infant birth weight, gestatio...

    New First Look at the Tiniest Babies' Lungs

    Researchers who recorded the most detailed images ever made of newborns' lungs as they took their first breaths say the breakthrough could improve treatment of breathing problems in babies.

    "Respiratory problems are the most common reason we need to treat babies in intensive care," said researcher David Tingay of Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

    "This n...

    COVID in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for 'Preemie' Delivery

    In this pandemic era, moms-to-be understandably worry about the risks COVID-19 might pose to their baby. A new study offers some answers.

    Pregnant women with COVID-19 may be more likely to have a preterm birth. But they don't have an increased risk of stillbirth or baby death soon after birth, researchers found.

    "The finding that COVID-19 infection does not increase the risk of stil...

    Heart Disease Remains No. 1 Killer, But COVID Will Have Big Impact

    Heart disease is likely to remain the world's leading cause of death for years to come, partially due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, an American Heart Association report predicts.

    Heart disease deaths worldwide rose 17.1% over the past decade, with nearly 18.6 million people dying of heart disease in 2019. There were more than 523.2 million cases of heart disease in 2019 -- up 26.6%...

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