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

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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