Prenatal Smoking Impacts Offspring in Teen Years

Prenatal Smoking Impacts Offspring in Teen Years

The short-term risks of smoking during pregnancy have long been recognized. Boston researchers found negative impacts last well into the child’s future life. When the mother smoked as few as 10 cigarettes per day during pregnancy, the child suffered...
Another Reason Not to Smoke During Pregnancy

Another Reason Not to Smoke During Pregnancy

A prospective study in Finland from 1983 to 1998 has found maternal cotinine levels (one of many toxic substances in cigarette smoking), after adjusting for multiple confounders, conveyed a significant excess risk (2.6 to 3.4 times higher) for schizophrenia. When...
Traveler Warnings for Zika Virus

Traveler Warnings for Zika Virus

The U. S. Centers for Disease Control is warning pregnant women in any trimester and those who plan to become pregnant to avoid travel to 14 areas of the Caribbean and Central and South America. This comes because of a surge in microcephalic infant births believed to...
Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Researchers have found more than 2/3 of pregnant women in the U.S. gain too much weight or too little weight during their pregnancy. Only 32% of pregnant ladies experienced appropriate weight gain, while 48% were excessive, and 20% were inadequate. Those obese or...
Marijuana Use in Pregnant Moms

Marijuana Use in Pregnant Moms

A small study of mothers and their newborns found one quarter of those who tested positive for marijuana use also had evidence of other illegal drugs: 11.6% were positive for opioids, 10.6% for amphetamines and 6.5% for cocaine. Data was collected from 2006 to 2010 in...
Any Alcohol Exposure Places Baby At Risk

Any Alcohol Exposure Places Baby At Risk

A recent clinical report in Pediatrics says, “There is no known absolutely safe quantity, frequency, type, or timing of alcohol consumption during pregnancy,” Growing evidence indicates that alcohol-related birth defects and developmental disabilities are...
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