Articles on Pregnancy

Feature Articles

Healthy Pregnancy
Learn what you can do before and during pregnancy to improve your chances of having a healthy baby.
(Published: January 13, 2020)

Folic Acid Helps Prevent Some Birth Defects
Learn how to get healthy before and during pregnancy to increase your chances of having a healthy baby. Plan ahead by getting 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day.
(Published: January 2, 2020)

Pregnant? Don’t Smoke!
Quitting smoking is one of the best ways a woman can protect herself and her baby’s health.
(Published: November 12, 2019)

Pre-existing Diabetes Can Increase Risk for Birth Defects
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that women with pre-existing diabetes are at an increased risk of having a baby with a birth defect, such as a defect of the brain, spine, or heart.
(Published: October 3, 2019)

Maternal Cold or Flu with Fever During Pregnancy May Be Linked to Birth Defects
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that women who had a cold or flu with fever just before or during early pregnancy may be more likely to have a baby born with a birth defect.
(Published: November 1, 2018)

Key Findings

Use of the Antidepressant Venlafaxine During Early Pregnancy May Be Linked to Specific Birth Defects
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clarified previous research findings on the relationship between use of antidepressants during early pregnancy and risk for specific birth defects.
(Published: August 5, 2020)

Women with Heart Defects Might Have a Higher Risk of Pregnancy-Related Health Issues
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that many women with congenital heart defects become pregnant and experience pregnancy-related health complications.
(Published: February 12, 2020)

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