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Need a C-Section? Ask Your Doc to Do This

Here’s something you probably didn’t think to put in your birth plan: If a C-section is performed, close with sutures (stitches), not staples. It could make a difference in your recovery, says a new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

How Third-Trimester Exercise Benefits Your Baby

Exercise duing pregnancy can keep weight gain in check, reduce your risk of gestational diabetes, decrease discomfort, and set you up for an easier labor and delivery. Now, new research shows that breaking a sweat, especially after 29 weeks, has a big benefit for your baby, too.

The Parenting Advice You Haven't Heard Yet

We all want to raise kind, compassionate kids, and it turns out that dancing with your baby (yes, dancing) can help you accomplish this goal, according to a new study published in Developmental Science.

Can a C-Section Lead to an Ectopic Pregnancy or Stillbirth?

A new study is warning about the adverse side effects of C-sections, and this one sounds super scary. That is, until you read the fine print.

What Your Placenta Has in Common with Your Mouth

While we once thought of the placenta as a sterile environment, it turns out the baby-nourishing organ contains a whole microenvironment of bacteria—one that resembles your mouth, according to research published in Science Translational Medicine. Cool, huh?

52 Baby Names for Fans of Americana

Patriotic baby names are rich with cultural significance, and many American names are rising the ranks when it comes to popularity, according to the latest data from the Social Security Administration. Whether you're having a Fourth of July baby, or you're just a history buff, these names, courtesy of Nameberry.com, are worth saluting.

The Most Popular Baby Names by State

You've announced your pregnancy, chosen a birth plan, and decorated your nursery. But one important to-do still remains: picking a baby name!

The Number of Pregnant Women Taking Opioids Will Shock You

Ready for some crazy stats? One in five women have taken an opioid (a heavy-duty painkiller like codeine or hydrocodone) during pregnancy, according to a recent Obstetrics & Gynecology study that looked at pregnant Medicaid recipients. And 14 percent of of commercially-insured women did the same, according to a study published in Anesthesiology.

Should You Take Antidepressants for Postpartum Depression?

It’s not often you read good news about antidepressants and new motherhood, but here it is: the medication may help you stick with breastfeeding.

Can Low-Dose Aspirin Prevent Preeclampsia?

You’re familiar with low-dose aspirin’s blood-thinning properties, but what can it do for you during pregnancy?

First off, baby aspirin is sometimes given to women who have had multiple pregnancy losses during their first trimester, the theory being that clotting disorders can cause pregnancy loss, says Jeff Chapa, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic’s Maternal Fetal Medicine department.

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