Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests.

Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While women's hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy are well-known, new research shows that men experience swings of their own as their partner's pregnancy progresses.

FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant parents should leave prenatal picture-taking to medical professionals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends.

Many Americans Still Haven't Gotten a Flu Shot

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said Thursday.

Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQs in Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed in the womb to higher amounts of two chemicals commonly found in plastics may be at higher risk for lower IQ, a new study suggests.

Many Women Don't Lose Those Pregnancy Pounds, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women's fears that pregnancy pounds will linger are validated by new research that suggests three-quarters of new mothers are heavier a year after giving birth than they were before becoming pregnant.

Longer Breast-Feeding May Protect Infants at Risk for Obesity

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For babies at high risk for obesity, the longer they breast-feed, the less likely they may be to become overweight, a new study suggests.

California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis of the whooping cough epidemic in California finds that infants have been hit the hardest, and it calls for increased efforts to vaccinate pregnant women so their babies are protected.

Mom's Obesity May Affect Newborn Survival

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity during pregnancy is linked to an increased risk of newborn death, according to a new study, although the researchers found the risk of an infant dying remains very low.

FDA Issues New Drug Label Rules to Better Inform Pregnant Women

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new labeling system should give women and their doctors clearer information on the risks and benefits of prescription medicines when taken during pregnancy and breast-feeding, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.