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A study found that mothers-to-be with lower levels of the vitamin folate in their body during early pregnancy are more likely to have babies with lower, or less healthy, birth weights. Conversely, ...


Only one-third of childbearing age women are taking a multivitamin containing the B vitamin folic acid daily to prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine in their future babies. The surv ...


A study, conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa ( UI ), found that children conceived through in vitro fertilization ( IVF ), a method of assisted reproduction, have a slightly increased ...


Compared to normal-weight women, overweight and obese women suffer more pregnancy complications and their babies have more medical problems at birth. The study is published in Birth Defects Researc ...


A study has shown that the risk of death and major birth defects are still high in babies born to women with diabetes, despite an international strategy to raise standards of diabetes care. Researc ...


Mothers of babies born with some structural birth defects, including missing limbs, malformed hearts and underdeveloped spinal cords, appear more likely to be obese prior to becoming pregnant than mot ...


A new study has documentated malformations seen in an infant born to a kidney transplant recipient who had taken Mycophenolate mofetil ( Cellcept ), a widely used immunosuppressant. The findings sugg ...


Case reports suggest that long-term, high-dose Fluconazole ( Diflucan ) treatment for severe fungal infections during pregnancy causes a pattern of birth defects. It is unclear whether commonly used l ...


Peripartum cardiomyopathy is an uncommon disorder associated with pregnancy in which the heart dilates and weakens, leading to symptoms of heart failure. Peripartum cardiomyopathy may be difficult t ...