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Could Same-Sex Couples Have Babies With Shared DNA? Study Hints It's Possible

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lesbian and gay couples might one day be able to produce offspring that share genetic traits from both parents, a study in mice has determined. Researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences produced…

Weight-Loss Surgery Linked to Fewer Delivery Complications

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity makes pregnancy complications more likely. But new research suggests that women who've undergone weight-loss surgery might have a safer delivery. "We know that obesity and overweight…

The Ideal Weight Makes for a Healthier Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're overweight and thinking of starting a family, there's compelling evidence that you should lose the excess pounds before you get pregnant. For starters, some health conditions associated…

Are More U.S. Women Using Pot to Ease Morning Sickness?

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A substantial number of pregnant women may be turning to marijuana to ease morning sickness, a new study suggests. The study of more than 220,000 pregnant women found that more than 5 percent had…

Working Out After Baby

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Losing weight about 6 months after giving birth lowers a woman's risk of being overweight in the future. The best strategy to get back to pre-baby weight is a combination of diet and exercise, rather…

Elective Labor Induction May Cut C-Section Risk

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what doctors have thought, women who opt to have their labor induced in the 39th week of pregnancy do not face a heightened risk of cesarean section, a new clinical trial finds. In…

It's Men, Not Careers, That Drive Women to Freeze Their Eggs

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who choose to have their eggs frozen aren't necessarily putting off having children because they're laser-focused on their careers, new research suggests. It's more likely that a lack of a stable,…

No Proof Vitamin D Lowers Blood Pressure in Pregnancy: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin D supplements does not reduce the risk of pregnancy-related high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia, a new study finds. High blood pressure that develops during pregnancy is called…

More Than 1 Day of First-Trimester Bleeding Ups Odds for Smaller Baby

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some first-trimester bleeding occurs in up to 1 in every 4 pregnancies. Now, new research suggests that if bleeding extends beyond a day there could be implications for baby's birth weight. The study…

HIV Drug Appears Safe During Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs to prevent HIV-positive pregnant women from infecting their unborn babies appear safe and don't raise the risk for premature birth or infant death, new research indicates. The U.S. scientists…

Here's to a Healthy Pregnancy

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you'll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First, you'll want…

1 in 4 U.S. Stillbirths Might Be Prevented

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- About 1 in every 160 pregnancies in the United States ends in stillbirth. Now, a new study suggests many of these tragedies are "potentially" avoidable. With better prenatal and obstetric care,…