Birth defects are common, costly, and critical. In the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4 ½ minutes leading to 120,000 babies affected each year. Birth defects are the most common cause of death in the first year of life and the second most common cause of death in children […]
It’s no secret childhood obesity in this country is a growing problem. In the United States, about 12.7 million children and adolescents are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 9 percent of babies and children up to age 5 are obese, compared to 17.5 percent of kids aged 6 to […]
Fish and shellfish are an important and healthy part of any pregnancy diet. They contain beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, are high in protein and low in saturated fat, all of which are crucial to a developing baby. However, in years past women have been warned to limit the types and quantity of fish they […]
Is there any end to morning sickness? Some pregnant women experience very little nausea and vomiting, while others face it all day, every day. Unfortunately, nausea and vomiting are very common during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. And despite its name, morning sickness isn’t always restricted to the morning. Some women feel sick to […]
Experts agree when you’re expecting, it’s important to keep moving — even if it’s the last thing your swollen feet want to do. Exercise is an important part of a healthy pregnancy and offers big benefits for both you and your baby. “It increases cardiovascular fitness for the mom, which can improve overall pregnancy outcomes,” […]
While not all birth defects can be prevented, all women, including teens, can lower their risk of having a baby with a birth defect by following some basic health guidelines throughout their reproductive years.