Pregnancy

Exposure to lithium during 1st trimester may increase birth defects risk

Exposure to lithium during 1st trimester may increase birth defects risk

In a new study, researchers found an elevated risk of major congenital malformations in fetuses after first-trimester exposure to lithium. This is the largest study...
Nurses' care of young mothers leaves traces in babies' DNA

Nurses’ care of young mothers leaves traces in babies’ DNA

Researchers have known for a couple of decades that early life adversity can affect the way that particular genes function through a process called...
What you need to know about expressing milk before giving birth

What you need to know about expressing milk before giving birth

To many women, expressing milk before giving birth is a weird but unforgettable experience. It is weird because you have not got your baby yet,...
How can a baby have 3 parents?

How can a baby have 3 parents?

It seems impossible, right? We have been taught from the time we were young that babies are made when a sperm and an egg come...
Trying to become a dad? Avoid 'dad bod' — and other fertility tips

Trying to become a dad? Avoid ‘dad bod’ — and other fertility tips

Father's Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the dads of the world, but it's also a good time to talk about men who...
These things may increase C-section infections

These things may increase C-section infections

Having a prior cesarean section (C-section), smoking, illicit drug use, and obesity increase the likelihood of developing an infection during a C-section delivery, according...
How soy formula changes a baby’s body

How soy formula changes a baby’s body

In a recent study, researchers find that soy-based formula for newborns can cause differences in reproductive-system cells and tissues, compared to babies who used...
Sugars in breast milk may prevent future food allergies in baby

Sugars in breast milk may prevent future food allergies in baby

The unique composition of a mother's breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, report researchers at the University of California San...
Mother's attitude during pregnancy could affect child's development

Mother’s attitude during pregnancy could affect child’s development

Mothers who 'connect' with their baby during pregnancy are more likely to interact in a more positive way with their infant after it is...
Mom’s voice could help babies sleep better in the NICU

Mom’s voice could help babies sleep better in the NICU

Infants in the NICU were more likely to stay asleep during recordings of their mothers reading, finds new research. Babies who spend their first days...